December, the month when the dark nights start to roll in and the white stuff starts to fall. Well, not so much of the snow. The white stuff falling will be the sand that the kids are throwing up in the air whilst they’re playing on the beach.
What’s the weather like in Benidorm in December?
Benidorm is located on the southeast of Spain, on the Mediterranean Coast. That means, although it’s winter and it feels cold, there are still warm weather and sunny days in December. Temperatures are considerably colder than high season, so it’s a perfect time to visit if you prefer lower temperatures and smaller crowds.
Thanks to the mountains that shelter us, the Sierra Gelada mountains, which funnily enough means Ice Terrain, protect us from the winds and the battering weather that hits further north.
What’s the temperature in Benidorm in December?
Now, I don’t have a crystal ball. But, the average high’s are a pleasant 16ºC in December, although it can drop to anything between 2ºC and 7ºC at night. Very rarely you might find a scattering of snow over the sand, it’s beautiful to see. Though, it’s gone by the time the sun rises.
Make sure you pack warmer clothes. I tend to wear a jumper, jeans and boots in the day and then I need a coat, scarf and gloves if I’m going out at night. The temperatures are considering lower up in the mountains. If you’re here on holiday, it will feel much warmer than it does to local people, due to the change in the weather. I’d still recommend bringing a coat and a few jumpers though over winter.
The sea temperature in winter is a welcoming 16ºC and there’s a low humidity. The sun sets at around 17:30 and the sunrise is around 7:30. You can expect five good hours of warm sunlight from the ten hours of daylight. UV levels are low but I’d still suggest wearing suncream as the sun is still emitting harmful rays that are damaging to your skin even on cooler days.
What was that Sea Fret in Benidorm?!
December 4th, the sun gave a beautiful showing in the morning. But, once 14:00 arrived, a strange and mystical fog covered the lands of Benidorm. Hiding the tallest of buildings and showing a fantastic new perspective of the Benidorm skyline. But, what exactly was it!? Why did the temperature drop like that?
Now, when I looked out my window and all of a sudden the world started to disappear with rises of smoke coming from the ground, I couldn’t work out if the world was ending, aliens were landing or something was on fire. With the smell of fire missing, and the other two being a little unlikely, I took to Facebook and Google to help me out!
There were a few people who knew straight the way, pinning it down to Sea Fret. Now, if like me, that brings you no closer to knowing what that is, don’t worry. I’ve done a little research, through the internet and a few meteorologists.
Sea Fret, is a cold sea fog. Between April and September, it’s fairly common on the east coast of England or Scotland. Which is why a lot of people on Facebook knew it all so well, and the rest of us from the Midlands like me, and the rest of the UK and Spain, had no idea.
Scrolling through Facebook on December 4th, every group, Spanish, English and Russian had the same question with a photo. “What’s going on in Benidorm?!”.
Sea Fret happens when the warm air passes over the cold sea. It’s formed over the sea and then blown to the land by the wind. This Sea Fret was found along the Costa Blanca, with reports of it happening in Torrevieja, Villajoyosa, Xabia, Calpe and Alicante.
Did you see the Sea Fret in Benidorm?
Are you coming over in December?