Weather Overview for Alicante
Alicante enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. There is a lot of sunshine here – on average 6hrs a day in winter and a massive 11hrs in summer.Rainfall is generally low. It’s highest in autumn and winter and very low in summer.
Summer is hot, sunny and dry. This is the perfect beach weather that has made this part of Spain so popular with tourists.Daily highs average around 29°C in the height of summer: July and August. The months of June and September see average highs of 27°C. These pleasant daily highs are encouraged by the cooling sea breezes that frequent the Costa Blanca. However on days when the sea breeze fails, temperatures can become stifling. Each year will see days when the mercury soars into the mid to high 30s, and sometimes even into the 40s. The temperature doesn’t generally drop below 20°C in summer time, even at night. Humidity is low making the hot days more comfortable.Summers are very dry in Alicante. June sees around 20mm on average, while July and August get next to no rainfall. Rainfall levels begin to build up in late September.Be sure to take good care in the sun, especially between noon and 3pm. Hat, t-shirt and sun cream are all advisable.
Winters are very mild in Alicante, making it a popular place for those looking to escape the cold winter of northern Europe. It is not uncommon to enjoy a sunny winter’s day reaching 20°C. Daily highs sit in the mid-teens while night time sees temperatures dropping to around 6°C. Occasionally it can get colder; temperatures just below zero have been recorded, though they remain rare.Rainfall is at its most likely in autumn and winter. Late autumn/early winter is the wettest time of the year. Still, the wettest month, November, only sees around 60mm of rain on average. Most of this will fall in short heavy spells too, so there are plenty of sunny days throughout the winter - a welcome break from grey and wet England!
The one time it can get cold and miserable in Alicante is when the ‘Gota Fria’ hits town. This phenomenon is well known to locals, and translates as ‘cold drop’. It brings cold temperatures and heavy rains and is caused when warm, moisture-laden air off the sea meets cooler air inland. Heavy storms can result, lasting anything from a couple of hours to four days. At this time, the coast around Alicante is battered by huge waves. Although Gota Fria usually only occurs a couple of times a year, its severity has made it notorious in the region.
Spring and Autumn:
These are both great seasons to visit Alicante. Temperatures are very comfortable, often in the low to mid 20s. You won’t experience the very hot temperatures that can sometimes occur in summer, so it’s a great time for an active outdoor visit. Rainfall is more likely than summer, especially in late autumn but there is still plenty of sunshine. Spring is slightly sunnier and drier than autumn but the sea temperature is higher in autumn – spring is too cold for swimming. Because of Alicante’s position in the Mediterranean, close to North Africa, dust stoms are a problem. Hot winds that blow across the Sahara cause the storms and they can cover large areas of Spain.
Because of Alicante’s position in the Mediterranean, close to North Africa, dust stoms are a problem. Hot winds that blow across the Sahara cause the storms and they can cover large areas of Spain.These tend to last for around 1-4 days, though every ten years or so, they can last for as long as two weeks. Dust storms can severely reduce visibility and have an affect on asthma and other respiratory problems, so if you’re going to be in the area when one may hit, make sure you have your medication on you. You’ll most likely be wanting to seek shelter inside during a storm.
Droughts are also a problem in Alicante, though one that affects locals more than tourists. Though not more severe, they do last for longer than they used to so are in that way more of a problem. They also exacerbate the problem of bush fires. As the vegetation is much drier, bush fires can last for longer and be more intense. These tend to happen in the summer. Around 40% are deliberately set and 20% are down to careless accidents and mistakes.
After long periods of drought, it’s not uncommon to see severe wet weather, including thunder storms and hail storms, as well as heavy rain. These can lead to flash flooding. Spain can see around 10-20 thunder storms and 10 hail storms a year, usually occurring between May-September. These tend to last for around 1-4 days, though every ten years or so, they can last for as long as two weeks.