Weather In Alicante - Get The Facts Before You Travel
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Alicante weather facts
The weather in Alicante, like the rest of the towns on the Costa Blanca coastline, is very warm to hot during the long, dry summer months and cool to mild during the winter. The city is located in an area that receives low annual rainfall (350mm) but ironically is subject to flash flooding from mid-September through to late October.
Please note: these floods may not necessarily occur every year.
Thunderstorm activity becomes more frequent and severe during late September and throughout October before decreasing both in intensity and number in November, December and January. The torrential rain during these thunderstorms is responsible for most of the flooding in Alicante.
What's the weather in Alicante like in winter?
The weather in Alicante during the winter can be surprisingly quite cool and windy at times. This occurs with the arrival of a fast moving cold front that makes its way across the mountains, which are located to the north-west of Alicante. On such days, it's unlikely that the daytime maximum temperatures will rise above 14°C; but such low temperatures are short-lived. Within a day or two, the maximum temperatures normally rise again to about 18-20°C.
You'll find that many elderly people consider the winter weather conditions very comfortable since this is the time of year when the heat has lost its grip and less tourists visit Alicante. There is some rainy weather in the winter, but in most years, you'll unlikely to be inconvenienced by floods or cold weather that requires you to stay indoors to keep warm.
Alicante is subject to large fluctuations in temperature and so you need to bring some warm clothing with you. Don't be fooled into believing it can't get cold in Alicante during the winter time.
Weather conditions in December
The weather in Alicante at the beginning of winter to bring with it clear cool sunny days with light winds. However, colder air masses (cold fronts) moving in from the north west break up the nice weather for a couple of days.
You can be sure that these cold fronts will produce cloudy conditions with strong north westerly winds and light rain. Since the mountains to the north of Alicante block all but the strongest cold fronts from arriving, you can expect that the December rainfall totals will only be about 25mm.
The average overnight temperature in Alicante during December is around 7°C so you'll need to rug up at night since the temperatures drop quite fast after sunset. You may even see some early morning fog and frost patches the night after a cold front has moved through the region.
During the day, temperatures normally rise to about 18°C. Since December is only the start of winter, you should anticipate that the early part of December will be up 3-4°C warmer during both the day and night than the later part of December. The highest ever recorded temperature for December is
Even though the weather in Alicante during December is quite cloudy, you don't have to wait too long (hopefully) for the sunshine to return. Alicante normally records around 163 hours of sunshine during December.
Weather conditions in January
The weather in Alicante in January is quite cool. You will need bring some warm clothing with you for use at night since the minimum temperatures drop down to 6°C. Some mornings can be foggy. Most of the thicker fog is located out to sea and if there's any fog in Alicante, it would have cleared by 10am. Just be aware that since Alicante has a major airport, so some flights may have to be diverted to a different airport if there's too much fog in the area. You will also see some light frost in Alicante (in locations away from the sea) during January.
Maximum daytime temperature (17-18°C) are cool, but if there's no wind, it will feel quite pleasant. You might get one or two days when the daytime maximum surges up to 22-23°C, but these are rare. The highest ever recorded maximum temperature for Alicante in January is 29.2°C. When the daytime temperature does become unusually high, then you know for sure that the temperatures will plummet below normal in a day or two.
Most of the days will be partly sunny with extended cloudy periods. Of course, there will be days when there's no clouds to be seen. On such days, you'll be wise to put on some sunscreen. Yes, you can get sun burnt during the January in Alicante.
There will be the occasional dismal looking day associated with the passage of a cold front. There will some rain about but it's very difficult to tell you how much will occur since there the rainfall varies considerably from year-to-year. On average, January records four rainy days but the rain is normally short lasting and sporadic. There's always the small chance that heavy rain may occur.
If you're planning to visit Alicante this time of year then make sure you pack some warm clothing with you since it does get chilly at night and during the day if it's windy. Remember the weather in Alicante is quite changeable during January and so bring an assortment of clothes just in case the weather in Alicante is not as nice as you expected it to be.
Weather conditions in February
The weather in Alicante in February is subject to large fluctuations in diurnal (i.e. difference between night-time and daytime) temperature. During the first couple of weeks in February, overnight temperatures can drop down to between 2-4°C on at least eight nights and as low as minus 2°C on at least one night in February. So, consequently you'll see some early morning frost patches. If you're staying near the water's edge, say within 300 metres from the beach, then you won't normally won't experience frost. The overnight temperatures near the end of the month typically hover between 4-9°C and so if you're planning to visit Alicante in February, then don't forget to pack something warm.
During the day, many days will start out cloudy and may remain cloudy and so the maximum temperature on such days will hover around 16°C. This is particularly true for early February. On days when the sun does make an appearance, the maximum temperature will more likely reach 18°C. There will be some days (near the end of the month) when the maximum temperature rises towards 25°C. But such days will be short-lived and much lower temperatures will follow.
Since the weather in Alicante in February can change rapidly, you may be one of the lucky people who experience nice sunny, warm conditions with little wind. Although, if you're planning to stay here for at least a week or more, you're sure to see some short, sharp bursts of rain together with some strong winds. This may last only a day or may last nearly a week. It's very difficult to predict the weather in Alicante at this time of the year since rain bearing weather systems will either change direction and bypass Alicante or hit at full force. The heaviest rainfall over a 24-hour period occurred on the 26th February 1980, when Alicante recorded 126.8 mm of rain.
However, back in February of 1990, Alicante didn't record any rain whatsoever for the whole month. So...
If you were to ask me what the weather in Alicante is normally like in February, I would have to say, expect many cloudy days near the beginning of the month that that may or may not be accompanied by rain and wind as a cold front passes though Alicante. After this, the clouds will clear, the daytime temperatures will rise before plummeted just after sunset. Some mornings that start out foggy, and this fog normally signifies that the day will remain sunny.
What's the weather in Alicante like in Spring?
Weather conditions in March
Unfortunately not. The temperatures during March are highly erratic. Temperatures can go as high as 26°C but by the next day, the daytime maximum has dropped back to unacceptable temperature of only 17°C. There will be many false starts of warmer weather in March.
The highest ever recorded temperature in Alicante for March is 32.6°C, In comparison, the coldest overnight temperature ever recorded in Alicante was minus 1.0°C. So now you know that the weather in Alicante won't be too hot by day nor too cold at night. Typically the minimum overnight temperatures averages around 8°C before rising to a maximum daytime temperature of about 19°C.
You shouldn't be overly concerned about the weather in Alicante in March. It's unlikely that the rain will be bothersome enough to spoil your holiday. Yes, you'll see some rain about but the rain won't be nearly as heavy as it was in February. March is the normally the time when the rain bearing weather systems move out of the region surrounding Alicante.
Does that mean that it will be sunny most of the time in March? Well the first part of March will be more cloudy than the second part. So to answer this question, I would have to say that there will be more days of sun than cloud. Many mornings will start out cloudy but this cloud will probably clear by 9am, after which there'll be plenty of sun. However, by 2pm, you may see some cloud about and these will disappear around sunset. You should be able to sunbath at the beach since Alicante normally records about 230 hours of sunshine in March.
Weather conditions in April
The weather in Alicante in April is really beautiful at this time of the year. You'll be able to go to the beach and sunbathe since there will be much more sun throughout the day. The beach at this time of year is fantastic since the waves won't be rough like some of the days in winter. Sea breezes will begin to occur on the hottest days in the afternoon and this will lower afternoon temperatures a little.
A warning for grass pollen allergy sufferers: April is the beginning of the grass pollen season in Alicante. If you suffer terribly from grass pollen allergies, then it may be wise to avoid visiting in late April.
Overnight temperatures normally drop to about 10°C. There may be 3-5 nights when the temperature drops down to about 7°C but this will occur early in April. In the latter half of April, the night time temperatures should hover around 12°C.
The weather in Alicante during the day begins to warm up nicely by mid-April. Expect to see temperatures rising to a comfortable 21°C. The days of winter have passed and you should see one or two days, particularly near the end of April recording temperatures of up to 28°C.
Rainfall will occur in the form of an afternoon shower since the warm surface heating will make the atmospheric conditions suitable for cloud formation. However, there will probably be at least two days when it rains on and off throughout the whole day. Basically, April records very similar rainfall totals to March but the rain formation in April is due to strong surface heating, not cold fronts. So that means, when it does rain in April, most of it falls in quick, short bursts and normally clears as quickly as it arrives.
Weather conditions in May
During early part of May, the weather in Alicante brings light afternoon showers every third or fourth day. These showers and the occasional weak thunderstorm shouldn't dampen your holiday spirit since they produce rain of short duration. Most of the days in May will be sunny until around 2pm, so you'll have ample time to go swimming or performing outdoor activities before any rain occurs. However, by the end of May, this afternoon shower activity will become less as drier weather systems begin to dominate the summer months.
A warning for grass pollen allergy sufferers: The end of May is the time when grass pollen levels reach their peak. You should avoid visiting Alicante in May if you do suffer from grass pollen allergies.
Of course, there will be some years when May doesn't record any rain, like in 1995, whereas in comparison, the year 1980 recorded just over 115mm (4.53 inches) of rain.
Temperatures in Alicante during early May range from a minimum of around 11-12°C in the early morning before reaching a maximum of 22-23°C. By the end of may, you should see the night time temperatures hovering around 13-15°C and during the day, expect the average daytime temperature to reach about 25°C. There should be at least one day when the maximum temperature reaches 30°C.
The weather in Alicante will start to become a little more humid, but it shouldn't become uncomfortable since sea breezes will start to become a common occurrence on the warmest days in May. In fact, it might get quite windy during the afternoons if it has been a particularly hot day.
Watch out for smog combined with heat waves during the summer
Almost everyday in the summer will have sea breezes. These sea breezes not only lower that daytime temperatures but can also circulate air pollutants onto the coast of Alicante. Smog in summer can be quite bad during heat wave conditions. Generally the air pollution in Alicante is not severe, but may cause some minor respiratory distress if you have pre-existing respiratory illnesses.
Heat waves commonly lead to a huge number of people being hospitalised as a result of dehydration and heat exhaustion. So drink plenty of water (not alcohol) when the weather is really hot and make sure you stay in the shade.
Stagnate air occurs during summer since a high pressure system commonly lies over southern France. The high pressure system pulls high altitude air pollutants to sea level. A majority of these air pollutants come from central Europe and a minor component from within industrial parts of Spain. When the winds are light over eastern Spain and the daytime temperatures are high, this allows air pollutants which commonly reside out to sea to move onshore with the sea breeze. The smog then moves back out to sea at night with the land breeze. This circulation of air pollutants occurs only when there's no rain and the winds are light.
However, as soon as there's an afternoon thunderstorm, most of this air pollution is washed to the surface and this mechanism helps to clean the atmosphere. Although thunderstorms do occur in June, July and August, they are not very common. Late July and early August is probably the worst time to visit Alicante since temperatures up to 40°C can occur.
What's the weather in Alicante like in Summer?
Weather conditions in June
The weather in Alicante in June is warm to very warm. Temperatures range from a very comfortable 17°C overnight before reaching 27°C by day on average. You may get an odd night when the temperature drops to 13-14°C near the start of June, but after this, the overnight temperatures normally become progressively warmer and may reach 18°C in the later half of June.
During the day, daytime temperatures will reach 25°C near the beginning of June and 28°C at the end of June. Be prepared for some hot weather from mid-June onwards. The highest ever recorded temperature in Alicante is 37.8°C, so it can get very hot. This only occurs on days when the sea breeze doesn't move inland from off the coast.
The early part of June is generally the only time you'll see some thundery rain in Alicante. The rain, when it occurs, should be quite heavy but it won't last more than 30 minutes.
A warning for grass pollen allergy sufferers: June is still the grass pollen season in Alicante. If you do suffer from grass pollen allergies, please try and visit Alicante towards the end of June, since atmospheric pollen levels begin to drop by then.
Throughout most of June, the afternoons may become quite windy since the sea breeze starts to dictate the weather in Alicante. The generally rule is that the higher the daytime temperature is in Alicante (as well as elsewhere along the Costa Blanca coastline), the stronger the sea breeze will become. If you plan to go swimming on really hot days, be prepared for larger waves in the afternoon, since the sea breeze will increase the wave height.
There should be plenty of sunshine throughout June. In fact, Alicante normally records 300 hours of sunshine during June. You should definitely make sure you wear sunscreen if you're planning to go swimming, since your bare skin (lighter skin pigments) will burn within 15-20 minutes without sunscreen.
Weather conditions in July
During most days in July the weather in Alicante will be quite hot and sunny. There maybe some afternoon cloud cover associated with the arrival of the sea breeze but other than that, you will experience blue skies. Alicante receives around 333 hours of sunshine in July, which makes July the sunniest time of the year.
The weather in Alicante in July is quite dry. In fact, it has the least rain out of any month and quite often July misses out having any rain. The most rain that ever fell in Alicante during July is 41.3mm (1.63 inches), which occurred back in 1993. So you don't need to worry about the wet weather in Alicante at this time of the year.
You will find that Alicante is quite warm overnight in July, so you may need some air conditioning. Normally the overnight temperatures will drop to around 20°C just before sunrise but there may be 2-3 nights when the overnight temperature doesn't go below 25°C. This will occur when air masses from North Africa begin to influence the weather in Alicante. In comparison, the coldest ever recorded overnight temperature in Alicante in July is 13.4°C, but normally minimum temperatures will not drop below 16°C on any night in July.
During the day, expect to see maximum temperatures hovering between 29-31°C on most days in July. The maximum daytime temperature will occur just before the almost daily arrival of the sea breeze. This will occur no later than 1-2pm. However, there may be 3-4 days when the sea breeze doesn't arrive near the end of them month. On such days, you can expect temperatures to rise towards 40°C (104°F).
On the very hot days, you may end up seeing some dust moving in from over the Mediterranean Sea. This dust cloud comes from the Sahara desert. Very rarely will you have to move indoors due to the presence of thick dust clouds. Normally, when you get up in the morning, you'll notice a layer of dust lying over everything. This dust means that the very hot weather has begun since air moving in from the south is always much hotter than air coming from any other direction.
Weather conditions in August
During the beginning of August, the weather in Alicante can be extremely hot since the factors influencing the weather near the end of July also operate at this time of the year as well. The highest ever recorded maximum temperature for August in Alicante is 40.4°C (104.7°F) during a lengthy heatwave which occurred in conjunction with a series of dust storms, back in 1949. But luckily, heat wave weather in Alicante doesn't occur every year but once every five years.
Generally, the weather in Alicante during August is a little bit hotter than July from day-to-day. Normally the overnight temperatures hover around a warm 21°C and during the day, the maximum temperature reaches around 31°C. There may be at least 3-4 nights when the minimum temperature doesn't drop below 26°C. Although, if there's been some rain about, you may see overnight temperatures drop as low as 17°C.
While August is normally considered quite a dry month, it may still rain quite heavily for short periods no longer than 30 minutes on at least 4-5 days throughout this month. However, you needn't worry too much about the rain at this time of the year. In fact, you should consider yourself lucky if it does rain since at least you'll get some respite from the heat. There has been a number of years in the past when no rain fell in August. However, that doesn't mean that the weather in Alicante is August is always dry. The highest ever recorded rainfall total in Alicante during August over a 24-hour period is 82.4mm (3.2 inches) back in 1945.
You'll find that August will be quite windy in the afternoons since the sea breeze will the main factor dominating the weather in Alicante at this time of the year. In fact, the higher the daytime temperature, the stronger the sea breeze will be. If there's no sea breeze then watch out for dust and bushfire smoke.
You certainly won't be able to avoid the sunshine at this time of the year, since nearly every day will have sunny skies with very few clouds. If there are a few clouds about, this may in fact increase your ultraviolet exposure by 5-10% on top of what you would normally receive if the sky was completely devoid of clouds. So make sure you protect your skin by applying some sunscreen if you want to go swimming or sunbathe.
Autumn weather in Alicante
Weather conditions in September
The weather in Alicante during September starts out sunny in the mornings, but by early afternoon, thunderstorms begin to form. These thunderstorms tend to produce more lightning than rain; of course this does not always hold true as you'll find out if you keep reading below. If you want to go swimming, it's best to do so before about 1pm since thunderstorms tend to quickly form after this time.
September is the start of the so-called rainy months in Alicante. If you plan to arrive in Alicante in the early part of September, you're more likely to get less rain and consequently your holiday plans won't be disrupted as much by the wet weather. However, be warned that if you arrive here in the later part of September, you're far more likely to experience very heavy rain (producing localised flooding), occasional hail and very strong winds during the afternoons due to the frequent occurrence of intense thunderstorms.
The worst flooding recorded in Alicante in recent history occurred on the 30th September 1997, when 270.2mm of rain fell over a 6-hour period. This volume of rain simply turned the dry streets of Alicante into a raging river. Nearly every car on the street was swept away. Of course, this is not a usual event so please don't panic if you're still planning to arrive in Alicante near the end of September.
There's some good news for September though, at least the temperatures will be a little cooler than July and August. You should experience overnight temperatures of around 19°C at the start of September and dropping to 15-16°C by the end of the month. Daytime maximum temperatures will hover around 28-29°C near the start of the month although you may get the odd day when the temperature reaches 35°C. By the end of the month, the daytime maximum temperatures will rise to around 26-27°C. The frequent afternoon cloud cover will prevent the afternoon temperatures from rising too high.
While the weather in Alicante during September can be quite unpredictable, it also can be quite a nice time to visit if you plan to arrive in the early part of September. Since Alicante is subject to frequent droughts, there's no guarantee that the weather in Alicante will be as wet as I've mentioned since torrential rain leading to floods does not occur every year.
Weather conditions in October
The weather in Alicante in October can be quite horrible at times since the frequent afternoon thunderstorms combined with the torrential rain sometimes produce flash flooding. Towards the end of the month it can get quite cold at night, so you should plan to bring warm clothing that includes a rainproof jacket. So if you're planning to spend much of your time outdoors during your holiday in October, then unfortunately you might have to change your holiday plans. Your outdoor adventures in Alicante will be limited to the morning hours, since normally around midday, thunderstorms begin to form and the rain starts around 1pm.
However, you may feel that October should be avoided at all cost but Alicante doesn't suffer floods every year in October. While some days in October can have terrible weather, many days are quite pleasant. You may be fortunate enough to get some fine sunny days and on such days you'll be able to go to the beach. However, always look up to see what the clouds are doing.
The temperatures will vary from a minimum of 14°C at night before reaching a maximum of 24-26°C by day. Although some nights near the start of October may record temperatures as high as 16-17°C, other nights, especially near the end of the month, can get as low as 11-12°C. The coldest overnight temperature ever recorded in Alicante is 4.0°C.
The temperatures during the day can vary significantly. There might be the occasional day when the maximum temperatures reach 31-32°C near the start of October, but by the end of the month, the temperatures will be hovering around 22-24°C.
Weather conditions in November
The weather in Alicante in November will become progressively colder with each passing week. At the beginning of the month, overnight temperatures will drop down to around 12°C and by the end of the month, 9°C will become normal. You may be lucky to see at least one day recording temperatures as high as 26°C in the first week in November. When this occurs, make the most of it since the daytime temperatures may plummet after this. By the end of November, most of the daytime temperatures will only rise to around 19°C, so make sure you arrive in Alicante early in the month to enjoy the beach.
During November, you may experience some unusual cold weather, especially if a cold front does make its way across the mountains. In that case, the daytime maximum temperature may only reach 16°C. So you should plan to bring some warmer winter clothing with you just in case.
There will still be some rain about but it definitely shouldn't prevent you from having a great holiday in Alicante. On the whole, the weather in Alicante in November is quite nice, but there will be the odd rainy day with cold winds that will remind you that winter is just around the corner.
Normally, the heaviest rain occurs near the start of the month associated with the afternoon thunderstorm activity. However, by the end of the month, these thunderstorms become far less frequent. There will be as many days of sunshine as there will be cloud.
You needn't worry too much about the wind at this time of the year, since sea breezes only occur on very warm days (and these are few and far between). The only time it may become windy is when there's a thunderstorm occurring or a cold front is passing through Alicante.
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