Alicante: Live Weather
Live weather in Alicante
The latest and today's weather in Alicante, Spain updated regularly
- Sunrise 06:46
- Sunset 21:11
|Temp feels like:||72°F (22°C)|
|Length of Day:||14h 25m|
|Pressure:||29.89" (1012 hpa)|
|Visiblity:||10 miles (16 km)|
Historic Temperatures for 21st May in Alicante
|Average High||73°F (23°C)|
|Record High||86°F (30°C) (2006)|
|Average Low||57°F (14°C)|
|Record Low||50°F (10°C) (2013)|
Weather in Alicante
Once known as "Lucentum" or "city of light", Alicante is famous for its beautiful beaches, palm studded boulevards, and exciting nightlife. Located 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 because it is protected by a ridge of small hill to the north, it has a milder and more temperate Mediterranean microclimate in comparison to some of its nearest neighbours, such as Benidorm and Elche. This makes Alicante a beautiful resort to visit year-long.
Summer Weather in Alicante
Summer in Alicante is a long season and the most popular time of year for visitors. The prime summer months are usually hot and dry, with up to 11 hours of sunshine each day in June and July. Heat waves are common and temperatures often reach 40°C or above in late July and early August. On the whole though, average high temperatures are more commonly between 29°C and 31°C.
Average daily temperatures can reach a comfortable medium, with sea breezes helping to mediate the heat somewhat. In June for example, temperatures are more likely to be a lovely and mild 23°C. Night-time lows never go below 18°C which means Alicante is a perfect destination to pack shorts, t-shirts and sun-cream, whilst leaving the jackets at home. These weather conditions are mostly constant, but it is still worth checking the live forecast before travelling.
There's very little rainfall during the summer months with only 23mm across 3 days in June – and July is the driest month of the year with only 4mm of rain across 1 day! Rainfall picks up in September, indicating that autumn is on its way, despite the reliably good temperatures during this month.
Humidity in Alicante during summer is a relatively high 70% meaning high temperatures will feel even hotter. For this reason, a lovely sea temperature averaging about 25°C will be perfect for a cooling dip in the sea. In fact, 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.
Autumn Weather in Alicante
As previously mentioned, 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. October is in fact the wettest month of the year, with 66mm of rain falling heavily across 4 days.
Temperatures also cool rapidly in the autumn months, though it should remain fairly warm and pleasant with October seeing average temperatures of 20°C, with highs of 25°C. There are around 7 hours of sunshine each day, dropping to 6 hours per day in November. By this time night-time lows have dropped to 11°C so a jacket is recommended. Sea temperatures have also dipped to 19°C by the end of autumn so the season for swimming is over for all but the very brave.
Winter Weather in Alicante
There are likely to be considerable temperature fluctuations in Alicante during winter and it can be fairly cool and windy due to the arrival of a fast moving cold front which makes its way across the mountains to the north of the resort. Nonetheless, December can offer a sunny Christmas day with highs of 18°C and 5 hours of sunshine per day.
Average temperatures of 12°C in January remain temperature, especially compared to winter across northern Europe! However, night-time lows of 7°C may be reached, so although there is no danger of snow, you will need a coat. Still, there is plenty to enjoy in Alicante on a sunny winters day.
Another bonus: rainfall averages are beginning to fall and it is generally relatively dry between December and February, which sees only 27mm of rain across 4 days. Generally, autumn and spring are the damper seasons.
With five or six sunshine hours each day, mild temperatures and little rainfall, the winter months can be an excellent time to visit Alicante and escape cold winters elsewhere.
Spring Weather in Alicante
The spring weather in Alicante can be a little changeable as weather conditions make way for summer again. Some days will likely be clear, sunny and warm, while others might be wet and overcast. April and May see a little more rainfall, just above 30mm in each month, but it is restricted to 8 or 9 days per month and is unlikely to affect your trip.
Temperatures also gradually begin to rise, May sees average temperatures of around 18°C, with highs of 23°C in comparison to peaks at 20°C in March.
There are an increasing number of sunshine hours too, from 7 in March to 9 in May. Sea temperatures are warming up, reaching a pleasant 19°C in May so swimmers can get ready to dive back in soon. As spring is quieter, but still experiences reasonable weather conditions, it can be a good time to visit Alicante without the summer crowds.
Because of Alicante's position in the Mediterranean, close to North Africa, dust storms can be 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 and can severely reduce visibility. They also have an effect on asthma and other respiratory problems so if you're travelling to an area which is prone to them, make sure you carry medication and seek inside shelter during a storm.
Droughts are also occasionally a problem in Alicante, though one that affects locals more than tourists. 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, but as they are so fast moving, it is unlikely an entire holiday will suffer from any adverse conditions.