AFTER A SIMPLY BLISTERING WEEK with temperatures peaking at 25°c in some coastal areas over Christmas, we're all hoping that the forthcoming weather in January will continue to follow this remarkable trend. But what's the weather generally like in Cabo Roig at this time of year?
We've compiled the latest data from the leading weather websites to bring you an overview of what you can expect if you're living in Cabo Roig, or planning a visit to our part of Spain in the new year.
Typically, January is the coldest winter month on the Orihuela Costa – both December and February are statistically warmer, and both November and March are noticeably more so.
On the bright side, with the shortest day of the year behind us, days are getting longer as we head toward the summer months, with earlier sunrises and the sun setting past 18:00 toward the middle of January. The average Spanish day is still almost a full two hours longer than at more distant northern European latitudes.
There's more good news when it comes to sunshine too, with an average median of 6 hours of warm sunny weather per day. And as average daytime temperatures creep past 16°c, there are greater chances of “real feel” temperatures exceeding a very pleasant 20°c each day.
Of course, you will need a jacket if you want to enjoy evenings out at local bars, bistros and restaurants. An average overnight low of just 6°c feels positively arctic, but temperate and dry daytime conditions still make the Orihuela Costa an excellent choice of winter sun destination.
January tends to be dry, and historic annual averages suggest January will bring just 4 days of rain to the region. Typically, you should expect significantly less rainfall than the preceding four months, and around half the rain expected by some North European locales.
But everything's relative, and Berlin in Germany expects 15 rainy days in January, Stockholm in Sweden averages 18 days of rainfall, and even the upscale Italian city of Milan usually experiences 9 wet days during January.
Swimming pools are out-of-bounds to all but the bravest or most fool-hardy, and the Mediterranean Sea is now at its coldest, maintaining an average water temperature of just 15°c.
Seawater temperatures will remain subdued and won't show a measurable increase until April, so a wet suit is highly recommended for water sports at this time of year.
Average weather and temperatures for Cabo Roig in January
Spanish winters are thankfully short and mild, and with the worst winter weather behind us, summer is only around the corner. Meantime, let's hope we can look forward to another beautiful month on the Orihuela Costa this new year.
You can find the full weather forecast and average weather data for this part of the South Costa Blanca in Spain from the Holiday Weather website by clicking here.
Looking for holiday ideas and travel inspiration? Find out more about our favourite recommended things to do on the Orihuela Costa or join the La Zenia community Facebook group and find out what's going on in the local area.