The temperature in the field of Villena has fallen to 12 degrees below zero and to negative four degrees in Xabia. Temperatures will continue to be very low during the following days, according to the forecasts of the AEMET, which has even declared a yellow warning in the interior of Alicante for the next two days due to the risk of low temperatures.
Vegetable crops, especially artichoke crops, were the most affected by the cold. According to the first assessment by Asaja-Alicante, which has already detected a 20% increase in prices, the cold has not affected their quality.
The most affected area is the southern part of Campo de Elche, where the cold has stained the external leaves of 60% of the artichoke crops. The frosts caused no damages in the Medio and Alto Vinalopo. The cold also affected some early broad beans, but so far there are no major damages.
"It is a typical winter situation, though it was much more intense and the cold weather lasted longer than usual," stated Jorge Olcina, director of the Climatology Laboratory of the University of Alicante.