Winter says goodbye this weekend to the province of Alicante with cold, rainy and even snowy days Like the one that fell yesterday in the mountain regions causing a thermal collapse of ten degrees, far from the 30 degrees that were reached in the city of Alicante at the end of January, according to the balance made public by the State Meteorological Agency. Yesterday was rainy and snowy, collecting on average more than 50 liters per square meter in the Marina Alta, with Xábia as the town with the most rain. In the Vega Baja, however, it did not rain much and in Alicante, although it rained throughout the day, it did so gently, except at specific times, with records of 20 liters / m². From the Laboratory of Climatology of the University of Alicante, Jorge Olcina explained that «it is not a cold drop but of a bagging of icy air that brings us cold until Sunday ».
The interior of the province of Alicante registered an intense snowfall. The descent of the elevation to 600 meters, according to the Laboratory of Climatology of the University of Alicante, dyed the regions of l’Alcoià and El Comtat, and Alto Vinalopó at the beginning of spring. Weather predictions initially suggested that the flakes would only be seen on the highest peaks, but since noon it also snowed heavily in towns like Banyeres, Benifallim, Tollos, Agres, Alfafara, Beneixma and Alcoy.
In the case of Banyeres, the snow curdled, the City Council had to suspend the afternoon classes and recommended or the neighbors to circulate with caution. In Alcoy, from the consistory the emergency device was activated shortly before the flakes began to fall with some intensity in the urban area. In urbanizations like El Baradello, Barxell and Montesol the snow also curdled. “It is not normal for it to snow in March but this year it is all very strange,” said climatologist Jorge Olcina.
In Torrevieja it did not rain much, but there was a waterspout. It is raining very well, constantly but not torrentially, which is very good for the field with the recovery of the aquifers. The showers were intense in the morning in a very focused area of the Baix Vinalopó coast, between Elche and Santa Pola, where they exceeded 50 l / m2 in the Valverde area. These were also generalized in the Xábia area, with records of over 50 liters.
On the other hand, the astronomical spring, which begins this Saturday at 10.37 am, will probably be warmer and drier than normal, after a winter that, despite the historic “Filomena”, has been warm, humid and, Above all, it has been marked by contrasts, as reported by the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET). All after a bridge in San José passed through water. The AEMET spokesperson, Beatriz Hervella, specified at the seasonal press conference that it will be “probably” warmer than normal in the whole of Spain but there is greater certainty that this will be the case in the east of the Peninsula and in the Balearic Islands . As for rainfall, he added that it will predictably be drier than usual in the northwest of the peninsula, although there is no “clear” signal for the rest of the country.
In addition, he estimates that between April and June the most likely scenario will occur is that in the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands the average temperature for the quarter remains “at least 0.5º” above normal, although in some areas this anomaly will be higher.
Another characteristic of winter 2020-2021 has been “the extremes” recorded throughout the season, since in January there were two cold waves, of which the second, after the historic snowfall caused by the storm ” Filomena »lasted for eight days and left values of less than -25º and several records of cold. “It was the second most important cold wave of the 21st century in terms of duration and intensity, after the one registered in December 2001 and it made the first half of January the second coldest in the series”, followed by a second fortnight, “the warmest in the series since 1966.” In fact, he added that in those days “numerous” heat records were broken, with 29.8º in Alicante, which is the highest temperature recorded to date in any month of January in the network of AEMET stations.
Meteorology advances that the spring that starts this Saturday will be warm and very dry throughout the province
The winter 2020-2021 has therefore been very hot and dry. The average temperature has been 9.3 º which is 0.9 º higher than the normal average (8.4 º) and the average rainfall, 87.6 l / m2, is 31% lower than that of the climatic average for the period 1981-2010 (127.7 l / m2). The highlight of winter practically occurred during the month of January, an extreme month in temperatures, with a very cold first half of the month, the second coldest in the series after the same period in 1985, and an extremely warm second half of the month , the warmest of the series. January 28 and 29, in the middle of winter, were the warmest of the season and, on the threshold of the beginning of astronomical spring, they are still the warmest of the year 2021.
The early morning of January 12 was the coldest in recent years in the Community. The minimum temperature recorded in Ademuz, -15.5 º, is the lowest recorded in the Valencian Community since January 2006. And only two weeks after those cold days it was close to 30 º in the Alicante observatory: 29.8 the day 29, which is the highest temperature recorded in January in this observatory since there are records. In addition to Alicante, a large number of observatories recorded the highest maximum temperature in a month of January on the 28th and 29th.
The most significant precipitation also occurred in the month of January, since two thirds of the precipitation recorded in winter accumulated between days 6 and 10 under the influence of the Atlantic storm named by AEMET as Filomena. Those days there was widespread rainfall, which was snow in the interior of the three provinces. Both December and February were dry months.
Outside the winter quarter, March is having a thermal character close to normal average values, although from today until the beginning of next week the temperatures will be winter, according to Aemet.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.