Gemert town centre
Location in North Brabant
|Established||1 January 1997|
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Michiel van Veen (VVD)|
|• Total||123.34 km2 (47.62 sq mi)|
|• Land||122.53 km2 (47.31 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.81 km2 (0.31 sq mi)|
|Elevation||15 m (49 ft)|
|Population (August 2017)|
|• Density||247/km2 (640/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code||0492, 0493|
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Bakel is a village east of Helmond and Eindhoven in southern part of the Netherlands. The total population is approximately 5,000. Until the late 1990s it formed the municipality of Bakel and Milheeze together with Milheeze and De Rips. In 1997 Bakel merged with the larger Gemert municipality.
De Rips is a village east of Helmond and Eindhoven in southern part of the Netherlands. Until the late 1990s it formed the municipality of Bakel and Milheeze alongside Milheeze and Bakel, but in 1997 it was forced to merge with the larger Gemert municipality.
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Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Gemert-Bakel, June 2015
Climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfb". (Marine West Coast Climate/Oceanic climate).
An oceanic climate, also known as a marine or maritime climate, is the Köppen classification of climate typical of west coasts in higher middle latitudes of continents, and generally features mild summers and mild winters, with a relatively narrow annual temperature range and few extremes of temperature, with the exception for transitional areas to continental, subarctic and highland climates. Oceanic climates are defined as having a monthly mean temperature below 22 °C (72 °F) in the warmest month, and above 0 °C (32 °F) in the coldest month.
|Climate data for Gemert-Bakel|
|Average high °C (°F)|| 4|
|Average low °C (°F)|| −1|
|Average precipitation mm (inches)|| 69|
|Average precipitation days||8.8||6.3||5.8||4||6||6.7||7.8||8.7||8.2||7||5.4||8.8||83.5|
In the centre of Gemert stands a castle of which the oldest parts date back to the Late Middle Ages, although it has been rebuilt a couple of times. It was founded by German knights who lived in the castle for several hundred years, however these days it is occupied by monks and nuns. The predecessor of this castle was a motte-and-bailey located further to the west and was discovered in 1995. It is said that the townfounder Diederik van Gemert lived here.
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