Xàbia-Dénia, two towns in the Marina Alta that are only 7 km away and suffer very different meteorological changes. The two municipalities are separated by the Massif del It montgó, protagonist of this climatic difference.
As always, the most talked about among the inhabitants of both towns, is that if it is hot or raining in Xàbia, in Dénia more. But is this true? This newsroom contacted Toni Bolufer, head of Meteoxabia, to explain the technical part of this fact, which has sometimes exceeded 8 degrees of difference.
Bolufer tells us that the great difference in temperature between both populations is due to the collision of the air with Montgó, "due to the orography, in Xàbia, the west wind turns into the southwest wind (Llebeig), since when entering through the sea it takes its temperature and softens; on the other hand, in Dénia, having to ascend the air , then when descending increases in temperature (foehn effect) and blows hotter ", causing a feeling of embarrassment.
In fact, on July 1, 2020, TVE echoed in the El Tiempo section of one of those days with marked contrasts between both populations. Its presenter, Albert Barniol, explained that "In the southeast it is where it has been the hottest. If we approach this area we see the influence of the mountains, the Montgó, 750 meters of mountains and the difference is notable between the two populations. With 37 ° (Dénia), in only about 10 km, there was 30 ° (Jávea). Then Jávea has gone up to 33, but notice the difference and influence of the Sierra ".
As for the rains, the impact of the clouds with the Montgó causes the same effect; "the Montgó absorbs the clouds, making it reach the maximum height (different direction in each of the towns) to descend and produce rainfall", says Toni Bolufer, who adds that although this profile has been mostly met in Dénia, "In recent years it has been very even, the accumulated rainfall figures in the urban area of both towns is hardly higher in Dénia, but there is a change in more rain in the southern part of Montgó, the part of Xàbia, which slightly has registered a higher volume compared to the Dénia area ".
In short, the Montgó joins and separates, at the same time, the two towns, causing thermal and climatological differences.