Alicante weather explained …
In Alicante, a city on the southeastern coast of Spain, the climate is Mediterranean, with mild and relatively rainy winters, and hot and sunny summers. The city is located in a particularly mild area, arid and sunny.
The average temperature of January is 11.5 °C (52.5 °F), that of August is 26 °C (79 °F). Here are the average temperatures.
Alicante – average temperature
The rains are scarce, only 285 millimetres (11.2 inches) per year; in particular, winter is drier than it normally is in Mediterranean climates, while in summer (as is normal) it almost never rains. Due to the scarcity of rainfall, the landscape is arid.
The days with rain are particularly rare, but when it rains it can rain a lot, and sometimes the rains may be intense and concentrated in time, causing floods.
Here is the average precipitation.
Alicante –Average precipitation
from December to February, is mild, and is characterized by sunny periods, alternating with rare periods of bad weather, with wind and rain. There are many sunny days, in which the daytime temperature reaches or exceeds 20 °C (68 °F), even in winter. Very cold days are rare: only on colder nights the temperature drops to freezing (0 °C or 32 °F), but even in these cases, usually the daytime temperature rises above 10 °C (50 °F). In practice, it never snows.
from March to May, is mild and sunny, with rainy days still possible, but not very frequent, and some afternoon thunderstorms coming from the interior in late spring. Starting from May, and sometimes in April, the first warm days, with highs around 30 °C (86 °F), begin to occur.
from June to mid-September, is hot and sunny. Typically, maximum temperatures hover around 28/29 °C (82/84 °F) in June and September, and around 30/32 °C (86/90 °F) in July and August, there’s a quite humid heat but also the sea breeze, in short, the typical Mediterranean summer. However, sometimes there may be heat waves, during which temperatures can touch 35/37 °C (95/99 °F), and sometimes even 40 °C (104 °F).
from mid-September to November, is initially warm, then gradually becomes milder, and Atlantic weather fronts become gradually more frequent. Occasionally, the rains are concentrated in a short time and can be heavy.
The amount of sunshine in Alicante is very good in summer, when clear skies prevail, but it is good also in the other seasons: there’s an average of 6 hours of sunshine per day even from November to January, and 7 in February.
The sea in Alicante is warm enough for swimming from July to September, when it reaches 25/26 °C (77/79 °F, ie more than in other parts of Spain); in June and October it is cool. Here is the temperature of the sea.
Alicante – sea temperature
When to go …
The best time for a beach holiday in Alicante is the summer, from June to August. For swimming, the best time is from July to September, although in September, which overall is still a good month (especially in the first half), the first Atlantic frontal systems may pass. May and June are the sunniest months, but the sea is still a bit cool, especially in May, when it is actually a bit cold.
Although good weather is not always guaranteed, spring and autumn are ideal for visiting the city and making excursions in the interior, as in summer it can be very hot.