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Old Oct 3rd 2014, 6:24 pm
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In Costa Blanca North I was able to go in the sea throughout September, seemed that it kept its warmth ... strange how it varies

It was also nice because a lot of the tourists had gone :-)
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Old Oct 3rd 2014, 8:30 pm
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Yup, It's only us down here that get the cold current I think. The sea temperature reaches it's highest during September in the Eastern Med. The current seems to run around the Eastern half of the Med (At least in the North)in an anti-clockwise direction. I remember some years ago that an Italian countess (Augusta Helicopter Heiress) went missing near Portofino and her body was found in the sea near St Tropez some 2 weeks later. This is just personal experience maybe some mariners on here know rather more about the Med
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Old Oct 4th 2014, 11:40 am
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The current in the Western Med is mainly anti clockwise but they will be different once you get to the south coast due to the influx through the Straits.

The sea temperatures in the Alboran Sea are lower than the temperatures of eastern Spain, but the sea temperature in Malaga can be very cold on occasions.

It has little to do with currents, but more to do with the wind blowing offshore. It was particularly cold on certain days this summer. It is caused by an "upwelling" of water from lower depths. It has been known to drop 10Âșc in a few hours. 50km further east the temperatures are normal.

It's worth reading this article - it's too complicated to explain in a post.

Malaga Weather - Cold Sea Upwellings on the Costa del Sol, Spain
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Old Oct 6th 2014, 8:33 am
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Thanks for the info Fred, I was sure someone would know more about it.. In 7 yrs on the CdS we have only found the sea a bit warmer when the current appears to flow Westwards, about one day a week. For us the cold sea is a really negative feature of the CdS. It was a bit of a disappointment and is one of the reasons for wanting to move a bit Northwards. We love going to the beach but not to just sunbathe, we can do that in our garden. I guess we are sissies and not like the rest of the N Europeans used to the N. sea and the Baltic.
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Old Oct 6th 2014, 8:58 am
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Originally Posted by Fred James

It's worth reading this article - it's too complicated to explain in a post.

Malaga Weather - Cold Sea Upwellings on the Costa del Sol, Spain
That is a great article but I don't know why the Spanish tourist board should be advertising the cold upwellings

The sea is much warmer in the North of the med coast, in fact too warm in summer, it is like soup

I was pleasantly surprised about how warm the water was around Chiclana, it actually seemed much warmer than the Costa Del Sol despite being the Atlantic

As the article says though, it is luck of the draw on the Costa del sol, it could be very warm or pretty cold depending on the day

Up here in Asturias the sea is lovely in August and September! But beware at other times
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