Year-round sunshine and a hot summer. Portugal's climate enchants people from all over, mainly from northern European countries
Portugal has a temperate climate, where the seasons are well defined. Summer is usually hot and dry. Winter, cold and wet (but nothing compared to winter in other European countries). Spring and Autumn have mild and pleasant seasons.
The climate varies a little in each region of mainland Portugal. Lisbon has plenty of sun and average temperatures in all seasons. In the North (Porto, Braga, Guimarães…), colder and more rainy. In the North interior (Vila Real, Bragança, Alto Douro…) and in the Serra da Estrela region it snows during the winter, with negative specifications. On the other hand, in Alentejo and Algarve the weather is much drier and hotter, with sun almost all year round.
January and February are the coldest and often rainy months. April, despite the more pleasant and mild temperatures due to spring, is known for the catchphrase “Abril, Águas Mil”. The month of August, a summer vacation here, is the hottest month of the year. Temperatures around 35°C to 40°C (95°F to 105°F) usually appear easily and for several days in Lisbon, Alentejo and Algarve.
Regardless of the time of year, there is a lot of wind in Portugal. And as the temperature range is quite large, even in summer it is necessary to wear a light coat, as the temperature tends to drop a lot at night. Always keep in mind the highs and lows of each season, because, in fact, you’re going to run into both extremes. In winter a good coat, gloves and a scarf are essential.
In the Azores Archipelago the climate is neither too hot nor too cold. Rain is more frequent between the months of October and March. And thanks to the constant humidity characteristic of the islands, summer temperatures are generally felt to be warmer than recorded numbers, as winter specifications are felt to be warmer. colder than advertised due to strong winds.
The Azores do not have a Mediterranean climate like the other countries located at the same latitude, but rather a humid maritime climate. The average winter temperatures, between December and March, do not drop below 16ºC. However, precipitation increases during these months. In summer, daytime temperatures are around 25°C (between May and September) and generally not below 18°C at night.
Thanks to this climate, the Azores are permanently covered with flowers. The islands have an extremely green and fresh need during the months of the year
The fact that Funchal is surrounded by beautiful mountains, protected from the winds and guaranteed good weather in the city. On some days of the year, a wind from the Sahara causes the temperature to rise to 30 °C, which, together with the humidity that hangs in the air, makes these the hottest days of the year.
At sea, the temperature varies between 15 °C and 25 °C throughout the year, and invites you to dive. In the North, the swell is greater and we find perfect spots for surfing and windsurfing.