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Dinant, Belgium. Author Marc Ryckaert. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
Dinant, Belgium. Author Marc Ryckaert

Dinant: the city of the inventor of the saxophone

Dinant (about 14,000 inhabitants), is a small town of Wallonia in the province of Namur, located 15 km from the border with France and 30 km south of Namur, on the right bank of the Maas (Meuse).

The first historical document that mentions Dinant goes back to the seventh century, following a castle was built, and from 11th century, the village, thanks to its strategic position and to build a stone bridge on the Meuse, had a rapid development, becoming one of 23 “bonnes villes” (major cities) of the diocese of Liège.

The town became important from a commercial point of view and in the fourteenth century was the largest center of processing of copper, specializing in the manufacture of objects of brass called “dinanderies.”

Today the city of Dinant is a popular tourist center, one of the most important tourist destinations of the Ardennes. At Dinant, in 1814, was born Adolphe Sax, a manufacturer of musical instruments and inventor of the saxophone.

Dinant, Belgium. Author Jean-Pol GRANDMONT. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution

Dinant, Belgium. Author Jean-Pol GRANDMONT

CLIMATE: WHEN TO GO TO DINANT

The climate of Dinant is a continental climate, with extreme variability and widespread rainfall in all months of the year, with moderately cold winters and cool summers.

The average minimum winter temperatures vary between -1°C and 1°C, the maximum average winter temperatures vary between 5°C and 6°C.

In summer, the maximum average temperatures vary between 22°C and 19°C, while the minimum average summer temperatures vary between 11°C and 12°C. The average annual precipitation is 825 mm.

DINANT CLIMATE TABLES

Dinant

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rain (mm)

66

53

74

58

71

79

76

64

58

71

79

76

Min Temp (°C)

-1

0

2

4

8

11

12

12

10

7

3

1

Max Temp (°C)

5

6

9

12

17

19

22

22

19

14

9

6

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