Alicante: Live Weather Reports
- Sunrise 07:34
- Sunset 18:55
- Moonrise 15:19
- Moonset 04:45
|Temp feels like:||60°F (16°C)|
|Length of Day:||9h 33m|
|Dew Point:||43°F (6°C)|
|Pressure:||30.18" (1022 hpa)|
Weather Overview for Alicante
Once known as “Lucentum” or “city of light”, Alicante is famous for its beautiful beaches, palm studded boulevards, and exciting nightlife. In the Costa Blanca, the epicentre of Spain’s tourist industry, Alicante draws thousands of visitors each year. The resort sees around 2800 hours of sunshine throughout the year, and, covered by a ridge of small hills to the north, has a milder, more temperate Meditteranean microclimate in comparison with some of its nearest neighbours (like Benidorm and Elche).
Summer in Alicante is usually hot and dry, with up to 11 hours of sunshine each day. Temperatures often reach 40C and above late July and early August, when heat waves are common. The average temperature in June is 23C, with highs of 27C, rising to 26C on average in August, with highs of 31C. While sea breezes do help to ameliorate the heat somewhat, they also circulate air pollutants and the area around the coast is likely to see thick smog for several days of the month at this time.
Long, hot days and relatively little rainfall means summer in Alicante boasts perfect beach weather and tourism at this time largely centred round sun, sea and sand.
September sees the start of the rainy season in Alicante. While the mornings tend to start out clear and sunny, by the afternoon visitors can expect showers and thunderstorms. There is also a risk of flooding at this time. Especially later in the season as rainfall averages increase.
Temperatures do cool rapidly in the autumn months, though it should remain fairly warm and pleasant; October still sees average temperatures of 20C, with highs of 25C, and there are around 7 hours of sunshine each day.
While average temperatures of 12C in January give the impression of temperate winter months in Alicante, it can be quite cool and windy thanks to the arrival of a fast moving cold front that makes its way across the mountains to the north. There are likely to be considerable temperature fluctuations.
However, rainfall averages are beginning to fall and it is generally relatively dry between December and February; January sees only 20mm of rainfall over 3 days, on average. With five or six sunshine hours each day, relatively warm temperatures and little rainfall, the winter months are still an excellent time to visit Alicante.
The spring weather in Alicante can be a little changeable. Some days will likely be clear, sunny and warm, while others wet and overcast. However, temperatures are gradually beginning to rise (May sees average temperatures of around 18C, with highs of 23C) and, in preparation for the hot, dry summer, rainfall averages are starting to fall again; March sees only 25mm of rainfall on average over four days. There are an increased number of sunshine hours (up to 9 in May) and sea temperatures are again beginning to warm up (reaching a very pleasant 19C in May).
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.