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Millau

MILLAU ,vue générale.jpg
General view of Millau
Coat of arms of Millau
Coat of arms
Administration
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aveyron
Arrondissement Millau
Canton Chief town of 2 cantons
Intercommunality Millau Grands Causses
Mayor Christophe Saint-Pierre (UMP)
(2014-2020)
Statistics
Elevation 340–888 m (1,115–2,913 ft)
(avg. 379 m or 1,243 ft*)
Land area1 168.23 km2 (64.95 sq mi)
Population2 22,205  (2013)
 - Density 132/km2 (340/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 12145/ 12100
Website www.millau.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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Millau is a commune in southern France, in the region of Midi-Pyrénées. It is the sous-prefecture (capital) of the arrondissement of the same name in the Aveyron department. It is also the capital of two cantons: Millau-1 and Millau-2.

The territory of the municipality is part of the Regional Natural Park of Grands Causses.

The inhabitants of this city are known, in French, as millavois (women: millavoises).

History

MILLAU, autre vue générale
General view of Millau

During the first century, there was an important settlement where the Tarn and Dourbie rivers meet; this settlement, a couple of kilometres from the current city, was known because here there was an important centre of production of fine ceramics that were exported to many places of the Roman Empire.

Geography

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The Tarn river at Millau

The town is in the valley of the Tarn river and is at the confluence of the Tarn and Dourbie rivers. The territory of the commune is in the Grand Causses over part of the Causse Rouge (to the east of the Lévézou plateau), the Causse du Larzac, and the Causse Noir.

The commune is at 641 km (398 mi) from Paris, 50 km (31 mi) from Rodez, 205 km (127 mi) from Marseille, 303 km (188 mi) from Bordeaux and 142 km (88 mi) from Toulouse.

The average altitude in the city is 379 m (1,243 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 366 m (1,201 ft).

The city has an area of 168.23 km2 (64.95 sq mi) and a population of 22,205; its population density is of 132.0 inhabitants/km2.

Climate

The climate of the Millau is subtropical with dry-summer, Csb (Mediterranean Climate) in the Köppen climate classification.

The average temperature for the year in Millau is 10.9 °C (51.6 °F). The warmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 19.9 °C (67.8 °F). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 3.2 °C (37.8 °F).

The average amount of precipitation for the year in Millau is 731.5 mm (28.8 in). The month with the most precipitation on average is September with 78.7 mm (3.1 in) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is July with an average of 40.6 mm (1.6 in).

Climate data for Millau, Aveyron, France
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6.1
(43)
7.3
(45.1)
10.8
(51.4)
13.5
(56.3)
17.7
(63.9)
21.9
(71.4)
25.5
(77.9)
25.1
(77.2)
20.7
(69.3)
15.5
(59.9)
9.7
(49.5)
6.9
(44.4)
15.06
(59.11)
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.2
(37.8)
3.9
(39)
6.7
(44.1)
9.1
(48.4)
13.2
(55.8)
16.9
(62.4)
19.9
(67.8)
19.6
(67.3)
15.9
(60.6)
11.9
(53.4)
6.7
(44.1)
4.0
(39.2)
10.92
(51.65)
Average low °C (°F) 0.2
(32.4)
0.4
(32.7)
2.6
(36.7)
4.7
(40.5)
8.6
(47.5)
11.9
(53.4)
14.3
(57.7)
14.1
(57.4)
11.1
(52)
8.3
(46.9)
3.6
(38.5)
1.1
(34)
6.74
(44.14)
Rainfall mm (inches) 55.4
(2.181)
47.4
(1.866)
42.5
(1.673)
69.9
(2.752)
73.4
(2.89)
60.5
(2.382)
39.7
(1.563)
54.8
(2.157)
77.7
(3.059)
79.6
(3.134)
69.1
(2.72)
61.6
(2.425)
731.6
(28.803)
Source: Weatherbase.com [1]

Millau viaduct

The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the valley of the Tarn river near Millau.

Sister cities

Millau is twinned with:

  • Senegal Louga, Senegal (1962)
  • Germany Bad Salzuflen, Germany (1975)
  • United Kingdom Bridlington, UK (1992)
  • Spain Sagunto, Spain (2006)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2006)
  • Portugal Mealhada, Portugal (2010)

Related pages

Arrondissements of the Aveyron department

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