Torrevieja's weather in 2016

A year of contrasts

Weather forecasters have had a hard time of it recently in Torrevieja. There seems to have been little pattern to the peaks and troughs of el tiempo in recent weeks. With the deluge experienced in the middle of December and now the very mild past few days, it has been difficult for those organising Christmas and New Year activities to be able to predict what will happen.

Data recorded by local weather stations situated at various points in the town suggest that over the year there has been rainfall of 278 litres per square metre. In spite of the horrendous rainfall experienced from the 16th to the 18thDecember the town has registered the third driest period since records began in Torrevieja.

We might have suffered a recent deluge but this has not eradicated the 138 days without rain,a figure topped only in the years 1946 and 1930 when it didn’t rain for 172 days. As you might expect, the period with least rain last year was in the summer when a tenth of a litre fell altogether. The rainiest month was in December when 151 litres was registered over a period of three days from the 16th to the 18th December. Since 1931 there has not been as rainy a December as there was last year.

Temperature-wise it’s been fairly normal with an average temperature of 19.1 degrees. Over the twelve-month period, five months have been warmer and six have been colder on average, with one being the same. The summer, however, was cooler than in previous years recording 0.6 degrees less in August. June, on the other hand, broke records with a temperature of 37.6 degrees along with September at 36.5 degrees.

2016 will go down as a year of contrasts, at least as far as the weather is concerned.

Suzanne O’Connell