Average Weather in Alicante Spain
In Alicante, the summers are hot, muggy, and mostly clear; the winters are long, cool, windy, and partly cloudy; and it is dry year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 45°F to 87°F and is rarely below 38°F or above 93°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Alicante for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early September.
The hot season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 20 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 82°F. The hottest day of the year is August 11, with an average high of 87°F and low of 72°F.
The cool season lasts for 4.0 months, from November 21 to March 22, with an average daily high temperature below 67°F. The coldest day of the year is January 21, with an average low of 45°F and high of 62°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
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In Alicante, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Alicante begins around June 14 and lasts for 2.6 months, ending around September 3. On July 20, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 91% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 9% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 3 and lasts for 9.4 months, ending around June 14. On October 31, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 44% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 56% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Alicante varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 8.6 months, from September 8 to May 27, with a greater than 9% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 16% on October 7.
The drier season lasts 3.4 months, from May 27 to September 8. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on August 3.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 16% on October 7.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Alicante experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.0 months, from August 30 to May 31, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around October 13, with an average total accumulation of 1.3 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from May 31 to August 30. The least rain falls around July 26, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Alicante varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 30 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 50 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:37 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 48 minutes later at 8:26 AM on October 30. The earliest sunset is at 5:41 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 48 minutes later at 9:29 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Alicante during 2021, starting in the spring on March 28, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 31.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
Alicante experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from June 13 to October 4, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 18% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 7, with muggy conditions 72% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 28, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Alicante experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from October 28 to April 29, with average wind speeds of more than 9.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 21, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.5 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.0 months, from April 29 to October 28. The calmest day of the year is August 5, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Alicante varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.1 weeks, from January 20 to January 28; for 3.9 weeks, from February 21 to March 20; for 2.3 weeks, from April 17 to May 3; and for 1.4 weeks, from December 6 to December 16, with a peak percentage of 36% on December 12. The wind is most often from the west for 3.4 weeks, from January 28 to February 21; for 4.0 weeks, from March 20 to April 17; for 1.7 months, from October 16 to December 6; and for 1.1 months, from December 16 to January 20, with a peak percentage of 36% on November 30. The wind is most often from the east for 5.4 months, from May 3 to October 16, with a peak percentage of 48% on July 24.
Alicante is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 2.8 months, from July 5 to September 28, with an average temperature above 74°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 14, with an average temperature of 79°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.5 months, from December 12 to April 27, with an average temperature below 61°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 22, with an average temperature of 57°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Alicante throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Alicante for general outdoor tourist activities are from late April to early July and from late September to late October, with a peak score in the third week of June.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Alicante for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the second week of July.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
Temperatures in Alicante are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Growing Degree Days
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from May 6 to August 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 26, with an average of 8.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from October 28 to February 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 17, with an average of 2.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Alicante are 38.345 deg latitude, -0.481 deg longitude, and 59 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Alicante contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 581 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 86 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,860 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,131 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Alicante is covered by artificial surfaces (57%) and water (36%), within 10 miles by water (42%) and cropland (31%), and within 50 miles by water (44%) and cropland (31%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Alicante, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Alicante.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Alicante according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Alicante is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Alicante and a given station.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.