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Climate and Average Weather in Portugal

Portugal experiences a blend of Mediterranean and Atlantic climates. The differences are quite noticeable from the north to the south and from the coast to the mountains.

In summer (June to August), Portugal typically experiences warm and sunny weather. Southern regions like the Algarve see Mediterranean conditions with hot, dry summers. It's common for temperatures to hit around 28°C, with places like Elvas recording highs of 35°C in July and August. The Algarve also enjoys up to 12 hours of sunshine per day. Rainfall is minimal, with Faro in the Algarve averaging almost no rainfall in July.

In autumn (September to November), temperatures start to decrease. Even so, Elvas in September can still experience highs of 30°C. Rainfall begins to increase, especially in the northern region with places like Faja Grande receiving 109 mm in September.

Winter (December to February) brings cooler weather, especially in the north and inland areas. Coastal areas have milder winters, with Horta averaging highs of 19°C in January and February. In contrast, inland areas such as Miranda do Douro can see lows of 1°C in January. The north, particularly Caminha, can receive up to 171 mm of rainfall in December.

Spring (March to May) is characterized by rising temperatures and decreasing rainfall. Temperatures start to climb, with March highs of 14°C in Soajo and reaching 26°C in Elvas by May. Rainfall decreases slightly, with Fuzeta receiving 28 mm of rainfall on average in May.

When planning a visit to Portugal, the timing largely depends on your preferences. For beach holidays, summer from July to early September is ideal, but also the busiest. City trips or active holidays are better during the milder, less crowded months of spring and autumn. These periods often have pleasant weather for exploration and outdoor activities, with Lisbon recording over 200 hours of sunshine on average.

Are you interested in more detailed information for various cities in Portugal?
Please select the city you plan to visit, or one closest to your destination. For each selected city, you will see the following graphs:
1. Yearly average minimum and maximum temperatures
2. Monthly averages of precipitation throughout the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Monthly average hours of sunshine throughout the year

Additionally, some pages provide historical weather data such as humidity, wind speed, and water temperature.

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