Like most of the south eastern coastline of Spain and indeed much of the Costa Blanca, the Weather in Alicante is pretty good all year round. The temperature averages during winter rarely drop below 13 Celsius, while the summer months average around 30 Celsius. The mild winter weather in Alicante and the humid summers can largely be attributed to the mountain ranges that lie inland and to the north.
Weather in Alicante, Spain
The Alicante mountain range acts as a protective shield against the colder weather fronts while helping to keep the warmer humid air inside, like a protective cove. The Alicante weather and climate changes dramatically in the mountainous areas in the north, the focus of this article is for Alicante itself as opposed to the entire region.
Winter Weather in Alicante
Winter in Alicante starts at the beginning of December when average temperatures fall dramatically to around 13 Celsius. Below we provide a little information about what to expect during the winter months.
December – Temperatures are still dropping after the hot summer with the monthly average being around 13 Celsius, the high during the month can be as much as 18 Celsius. Unlike other areas Spain, there is not a great deal of rainfall in December, many still enjoy outdoor activities well into the new year.
January – Very much the coldest month in most of Alicante when temperatures rarely exceed 14 Celsius. January does not see much rainfall but the weather can be very changeable, the Sea temperature drops to a low of around 15 Celsius and the overnight temperature can reach as little as 5 Celsius.
February – Although February is coming towards the end of winter, the temperature at night can be extremely cold. The day temperatures are normally around 14 Celsius but at night time it’s common to see ground frost in the morning and temperatures hovering just above zero.
Summer Weather in Alicante
Technically the summer does not start until June 1st but temperatures are already increasing during April and May. April and May experience more rainfall than the winter months but it’s not uncommon to experience high temperature also. Below you can find a small snippet of information about the weather in Alicante for each individual month.
May – Average temperature in May are normally between 18 – 23 Celsius, like much of the region, the temperatures can rise dramatically towards the end of May to as high as 30 Celsius. There is still quite a bit of rainfall but the Sea temperatures are gradually increasing ready for summer.
June – June is the start of summer and the temperatures are almost always in the late twenties and consistently as high as 30 Celsius. The Sea temperature is warming up nicely ready for the beach lovers to around 21 Celsius, ideal for a swim to cool down from the hot sun.
July – The middle of July is the height of summer in Alicante with the temperatures rarely dropping below 25 Celsius, in fact, it’s more common to experience hot and dry temperatures between 30 – 35 Celsius more often than not. July is ideal beach weather so you can expect the beaches to be full wherever you decide to enjoy your day.
August – August is without doubt the hottest month of the year, temperatures frequently exceed 35 Celsius and often as high as 40 Celsius. It’s common to see the Spaniards leaving the beach between 2 – 5pm when the sun is at it’s hottest.
September – The beginning of September is particularly hot, much the same as August when temperatures are into the late thirties and on occasion as high as 40 Celsius. Temperatures gradually begin to fall as September reaches it’s conclusion.
October – October can be one of the most unpredictable months of the year in Alicante, temperatures are cooling rapidly now and rainfall is at it’s highest. The weather phenomenon known as the “Gota Fria” or “Cold Drop” plays a significant role in this unpredictable weather. A “Cold Drop” often occurs on the eastern coastline of the Mediterranean as the cold polar air (jet stream) from the western coast and north from the Pyrenees meets the hotter Spanish air on the eastern coastline.