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The province says goodbye to a crazy January with snow, wind and summer heat

Bathers at Postiguet beach in Alicante on January 29

Bathers at Postiguet beach in Alicante on January 29

February starts with strong gusts of wind and behind it is a January marked by crazy changes in temperature and new milestones in the history of Alicante meteorology. Among them the 29.8 degrees Celsius registered on January 29 in Elche and Alicante; a data that was collected by different international meteorological agencies as it is the highest temperature in Spain and Europe with regard to the provincial capitals. This was highlighted by Jorge Olcina, director of the Laboratory of Climatology at the University of Alicante, also referring to the fact that the monthly absolute thermal amplitude – the difference between the maximum and the minimum of the month – has been around 30 degrees on average in the province of Alicante. A record value.

The wind has also characterized the month of January in these latitudes. And it is that the convergence of fronts passage through the north of the peninsula and the orographic disposition of the province causes that the mountainous areas and the valleys are prone to the action of the northwest winds. This is how the climatologists Lluís Francés Martínez and César Donado-Mazarrón Morales explain it, recalling that January began with three very windy days and gusts on the surface that in Vinalopó exceeded 70 km / h on January 2. In addition, during the first 12 days of 2021 the environment was very cold. It didn’t take long for the storm Filomena to arrive, an abrupt clash in the center of the peninsula between a warm air mass and a very cold cold one that caused heavy snowfalls on the Plateau.

In the province, Filomena left low temperatures, irregular rains and snow at levels above 600 meters. In many observation points in the province, another record was recorded in the thresholds of maximum temperatures since there is no comparison, in the climatic series, of so many consecutive days with such low minimums. As an example, the region of Medio Vinalopó remained twelve days without exceeding a maximum of 10 degrees. And as regards the minimums, they also remained very low until January 21, with frosts present in practically all the inland regions.

The snow that fell in the interior of the province in the wake of the storm Filomena on January 8 Axel Alvarez

In this section, Francés Martínez and Donado-Mazarrón make mention of the -8.9c of La Laguna in Villena, which with an absolute maximum of 24.5c represents a monthly thermal amplitude of 33.4c, or the -7.5c of Banyeres , which with an absolute maximum of 22.7c reached a monthly thermal amplitude of 30.2c. It should be added that the minimums have not dropped below 10c since last January 24, another of the anomalous situations registered in a crazy January that said goodbye with continued wind warnings in the interior of Alicante. The surface gusts exceeded the threshold of 80 km / h on January 24 and 70 km / h on January 30 and 31.

For the president of MeteoVinalopó, Lluís Francés, “with the climate crisis we will see increasingly strong and violent episodes because we are following an upward trend in temperatures due to the incessant growth of CO2.”

Proof that atmospheric instability persists in February is the gale that is hitting the province. The highest peak of wind speed in the Valencian Community was recorded yesterday in Benidorm with 97 km / h at six in the morning, according to data provided by the State Meteorological Agency. The firefighters of the Provincial Consortium have had to carry out dozens of interventions since last weekend due to the strong and incessant wind. Especially in Benidorm, Elda, Elche, Orihuela, El Campello and San Vicente. So February also starts crazy.

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