Saturday, December 5

The weather in Alicante: a cold air pocket from Levante will leave widespread rains throughout the province as of Wednesday


A couple strolls along Benidorm's Levante beach, still in spring weather

A couple strolls along Benidorm’s Levante beach, still in spring weather
David Revenga

The State Meteorological Agency warns that as of this Wednesday a change in weather situation, since a storm in the south of the peninsula as of Tuesday afternoon, which will move west on Wednesday, first in the Gulf of Cádiz and then between the peninsula and the Canary Islands. This situation, together with the position of a powerful anticyclone to the north of the peninsula, will favor the entry of a very humid and unstable air mass with an eastern component of Mediterranean origin, which will produce abundant rainfall throughout the province, but with greater intensity in the Marina Alta, region in which up to 60 liters per square meter can be collected in 12 hours.

On Wednesday cloudy skies or overcast with occasional precipitation are forecast with storm, locally strong and / or persistent from latee, which will be more dispersed and less intense towards the extreme north and south. There is a warning activated from zero hours due to rainfall that can accumulate 60 l / m2 in 12 hours in the province of Valencia, south of Castellón and north coast of Alicante.

On Thursday 5, the probability that rainfall will continue to be locally strong or persistent in the Valencian Community remains. In addition, with the east wind, a maritime storm is expected from Wednesday afternoon, with intervals of force 7 winds from the east and northeast and waves of 3 meters. There is a yellow warning activated by a maritime storm as of Wednesday afternoon on the coastlines of Valencia, Alicante and south of Castellón.

On the other hand, October was a month that has been cold and very dry in the Valencian Community. The average temperature was 15.9 ºC, is 0.5 ºC lower than that of the reference climatology, and the accumulated precipitation has been 9.2 l / m2, which is 87% lower than the climatic average for the period 1981-2010 (70.0 l / m2).

The cold character of the month was mainly due to the night lows, which had an anomaly of -1.6 ºC, compared to the warm nature of the day highs (+0.7 ºC). On the average of the month, they have been the coldest October nights of the last 27 years, since 1993, highlighting the cold mornings of the 15th, 16th and 17th, which are the coldest at this point in autumn since 1975 .

The entire territory presented a rainfall deficit in October, and only the towns affected by the storm on the 10th, the most prominent of the month, exceeded 20 l / m2. The maximum has been registered in Aras de los Olmos, with 30.0 l / m2. In large areas of the coast, the accumulated precipitation has been less than 5 l / m2, with the absolute minimum in the Columbretes Islands and the Alicante-Elche airport, with an accumulated 1.1 l / m2, and in Elche / Elx and Rojales, with 1,2.

The September-October two-month period was very dry, which has had an immediate consequence in the dryness of the soils, which as of October 28 were dry or very dry. The percentage of soil moisture (available water), with respect to the total maximum amount that a soil can retain in a volume that reaches the depth of the roots (ADT), is less than 10% in more than 70% of the territory.

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