Cold snap shock on Spain’s Costa Blanca

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PLUNGE: The mercury plummeted as cold weather set in. Photo credit: Shutterstock

NOT only did the clocks go back one hour last Sunday morning, but temperatures across the Valencian Community also decided to go back too, with people taken by surprise at the cold snap that greeted them as they got up after their extra hour in bed.

In fact, Sunday was the coldest October day in 52 years, reaching an average temperature of just 7.9ºC, and the lowest recorded since October 31, 1966 when 7.5ºC was experienced.

Before that date, you have to go back to 1950 when the temperature for a day in October was an average of 6.5ºC.

Monday may well have felt even colder than the day before, but this was due to the wind chill factor that saw many local people rushing to get their winter clothes out from the back of the wardrobes.

Strong gusts of northerly winds were felt in Jijona (108 km/h) and a mere 76km/h in Alicante.  At the nearby Alicante-Elche Airport, gusts of 59 km/h were registered and led to one or two bumpy landings for passengers.

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