The city of Brussels in Belgium sits on a longitude and latitude of 50o51’N and 04o21’E. It sits 27 metres above sea level.
Brussels is almost in the centre of a sedimentary Tertiary basin with loamy soils with a textural B horizon (orange brown, 30 to 36). Drainage can be variable, soils can be dry to wet.
Belgium has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, with cool summers and moderate winters. Especially in fall and winter strong atlantic low-pressure systems can bring gales and uncomfortable weather.
The annual average temperature is 10.3 oC, with a high of 13.9 oC and low of 6.7 oC. Winter months run from October through to March/April with temperatures around 6°C. Summer months between April and October can reach above 20 oC (July – August). Total average sunshine is about 1,600 hours in Belgium.
The average annual precipitation is 818 mm. There are an average of 132 days per year with rain. Rainfall is relatively well spread over the year (50 to 80 mm per month) though it can vary by 40 to 50 percent some years.