Slinfah
صلنفة
Town
Slinfah.png
Slinfah is located in Syria
Slinfah
Slinfah
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 35°36′1″N 36°10′43″E / 35.60028°N 36.17861°E / 35.60028; 36.17861
Country Syria
GovernorateLatakia
Districtal-Haffah
SubdistrictSlinfah
Elevation
1,130 m (3,710 ft)
Population
 (2004 census)
 • Town1,847
 • Metro
19,518
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
ClimateCsb

Slinfah (Arabic: صلنفة, romanizedṢalinfah, Ṣlenfah) is a Syrian town-resort, founded in 1929, administratively belonging to Al-Haffah District within the Latakia Governorate. It is located at an average height of 1130 metres above sea level on the An-Nusayriyah Mountains, 50 km east of Latakia city. According to the 2004 official census, the town's population is 1,847, reaching up to 19,518 inhabitants with the 25 surrounding villages in the Slinfah subdistrict (nahiyah).[1]

With its mild summer temperature, Slinfah is a popular destination for Syrians. The town is characterised with severe cold temperature and heavy snow in winter.

The historical Citadel of Salah Ed-Din is only 13 km west of Slinfah.

Geography

The town is located 50 km east of Latakia, and is located in the heart of the Coastal Mountains of Syria, with the town reaching an elevation of 1130 meters. Slinfah's highest point is the peak of the Prophet Yunis which has a height of 1300 metres above sea level. The nearby Shooh mountains are covered with 500 hectares of fir trees.

Climate

Slinfah in winter
Slinfah in winter

In Slinfah, the climate is warm and temperate. In winter there is much more rainfall in Slinfah than in summer. According to Köppen and Geiger climate is classified as Csb. The average annual temperature in Slinfah is 12.8 °C (55.0 °F). About 1,282 mm (50.5 in) of precipitation falls annually.

Climate data for Slinfah
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6.4
(43.5)
7.5
(45.5)
11.0
(51.8)
15.6
(60.1)
19.8
(67.6)
23.3
(73.9)
24.1
(75.4)
25.4
(77.7)
23.5
(74.3)
20.1
(68.2)
15.0
(59.0)
9.3
(48.7)
16.8
(62.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.8
(38.8)
4.3
(39.7)
7.3
(45.1)
11.3
(52.3)
15.3
(59.5)
19.0
(66.2)
20.4
(68.7)
21.3
(70.3)
19.2
(66.6)
15.8
(60.4)
11.1
(52.0)
6.0
(42.8)
12.9
(55.2)
Average low °C (°F) 1.1
(34.0)
1.1
(34.0)
3.6
(38.5)
7.0
(44.6)
10.8
(51.4)
14.6
(58.3)
16.6
(61.9)
17.2
(63.0)
14.8
(58.6)
11.5
(52.7)
7.2
(45.0)
2.5
(36.5)
9.0
(48.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 221
(8.7)
207
(8.1)
214
(8.4)
116
(4.6)
48
(1.9)
22
(0.9)
5
(0.2)
5
(0.2)
26
(1.0)
62
(2.4)
103
(4.1)
269
(10.6)
1,298
(51.1)
Average snowy days 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 15
Source: Weather Online, Weather Base, BBC Weather, My Weather 2 and Climate-data.org

Gallery

  • Slinfah in winter
    Slinfah in winter
  • Jebel Aansariye
    Jebel Aansariye
  • The town
    The town

References