This report describes the typical weather at the Alicante Airport (El Altet Airport) (Alicante/Benidorm/Costa Blanca, Spain) weather station over the course of an average April. It is based on the historical records from 2006 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Alicante/Benidorm/Costa Blanca has a hot semi-arid steppe climate. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (100%).
The month of April is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 67°F to 72°F over the course of the month, exceeding 76°F or dropping below 62°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of April, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1:08 hours, implying an average day-over-day increase of 2.3 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is April 1 with 12:39 hours of daylight; the longest day is April 30 with 13:47 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 7:02am on April 30; the latest sunset is at 8:48pm on April 30; the latest sunrise is at 7:43am on April 1; the earliest sunset is at 8:21pm on April 1.
Daylight savings time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in April, so the entire month is in daylight time.
The median cloud cover is 46% (partly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On April 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 26% of the time, partly cloudy 13% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 14% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 19%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout April, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, moderate rain, and thunderstorms.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 40% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 1, when it is observed during 9% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 30% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 7, when it is observed during 6% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 25% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around April 29, when it is observed during 7% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in April or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 40% (comfortable) to 86% (very humid) over the course of a typical April, rarely dropping below 24% (dry) and reaching as high as 97% (very humid).
The air is driest around April 26, at which time the relative humidity drops below 49% (comfortable) three days out of four; it is most humid around April 5, rising above 82% (humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical April, the dew point typically varies from 39°F (dry) to 56°F (comfortable) and is rarely below 30°F (dry) or above 60°F (comfortable).
The time of the month between April 1 and April 30 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of April typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 15 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 21 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around April 1, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around April 29, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).