The wettest winter in the Costa Blanca for 116 years
452 millimetres of rain in Alicante since 1st October
After the latest episode of torrential rain in the Costa Blanca earlier this week the current 2016-17 hydrological year (which starts in Spain on 1st October) is now officially the wettest for 116 years!
According to the State meteorological agency Aemet, the 150 millimetres of rain which were recorded on Monday have brought the running total up to 452 millimetres, the highest in the first six months of the year since 1901. At the same time, it has been confirmed that, as reported earlier in the week, Monday was the third wettest day in the last 80 years, with the precipitation which fell having been exceeded on only two occasions since comparative records were first kept in the city of Alicante in 1934.
In the meantime, as the fire brigade continues to pump water out of flooded premises in the area of the beach of San Juan, it is estimated that as much as 20,000 cubic litres of rainwater accumulated in the buildings in which 360 residents were without running water and electricity on Tuesday.
The image shows the Albufereta area of Alicante on Monday evening.