Widespread flooding on the third wettest day on record in Alicante
Chaos on the roads as Alicante receives almost half its annual rainfall in 24 hours
The city of Alicante suffered more extraordinary weather on Monday, when the forecast torrential rain arrived even more emphatically than had been expected and left a total of over 137 millimetres of rainfall during just 24 hours.
At one point 48.8 millimetres of precipitation were recorded in just one hour, as the day developed into the third wettest on record in the last 80 years in the capital of the Costa Blanca (behind 30th September 1997 - 270.3mm - and 20th October 1982 - 233.1mm). Both of these dates occurred during episodes of the autumn “gota fría” storms, and although in meteorological terms what happened on Monday does not fall into this category the effect was the same!
To put these figures into perspective, the average rainfall for the entire year in Alicante is 311 millimetres, so on Monday the city received over 40% of its annual allocation, and the average for the month of March is just 23 millimetres!
The storm on Monday was accompanied by thunder and lightning later in the evening, and while as much as 193 millimetres of rain fell in San Vicente del Raspeig there were also gusts of wind measured at around 80km/h in the Vega Baja del Segura, especially Orihuela and Rojales.