Weather in December in Portugal

Many people wonder what the weather conditions are in December in Portugal. Is this month a good time to go to Portugal? To answer that question we created this page with all the information you need.

What is the weather like in Portugal in December?

The weather in Portugal in December ranges from poor to pleasant depending on the destination. December is a winter month in Portugal.

December has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from cold in Penhas Douradas with 7°C (45°F) to moderate temperatures in Santa Maria Island with 19°C (65°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 14°C (57°F) in Santa Maria Island and 2°C (35°F) in Penhas Douradas. It is one of the coldest months of the year.

Precipitation ranges from high in Cabo Carvoeiro with 91mm (3.6inch) rainfall to heavy in Penhas Douradas with 252mm (9.9inch) rainfall. In general it is also a moderate sunny month with an average of 141 hours of sunshine in Lisbon during the whole month.

We invite you to have a look at the map below to find out more about the different weather conditions per location in Portugal.

Where to go in Portugal in December

Find the average weather conditions in December for the most popular destinations in Portugal on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inch a month).

Popular destinations in Portugal

What is the weather like in December for the 5 most popular destinations in Portugal?

Average weather in Lisbon

In December Lisbon generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 15°C (59°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 10°C (50°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Lisbon
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
18°C / 64°F 
12°C / 54°F 
155 hours 
128mm / 5inch 
14 days 
15°C / 59°F 
10°C / 50°F 
141 hours 
121mm / 4.8inch 
14 days 
January   >> January
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15°C / 59°F 
8°C / 47°F 
150 hours 
96mm / 3.8inch 
14 days 
Climate in Lisbon

Average weather in Porto

In December Porto generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 14°C (57°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 7°C (45°F) and heavy monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Porto
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
17°C / 63°F 
9°C / 48°F 
138 hours 
170mm / 6.7inch 
11 days 
14°C / 57°F 
7°C / 45°F 
124 hours 
180mm / 7.1inch 
12 days 
January   >> January
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14°C / 57°F 
5°C / 41°F 
122 hours 
146mm / 5.7inch 
10 days 
poor 
Climate in Porto

Average weather in Albufeira

In December Albufeira generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 17°C (62°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 9°C (48°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Albufeira
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Weather conditions Weather
19°C / 66°F 
12°C / 53°F 
176 hours 
96mm / 3.8inch 
17°C / 62°F 
9°C / 48°F 
169 hours 
115mm / 4.5inch 
January   >> January
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16°C / 61°F 
8°C / 47°F 
156 hours 
64mm / 2.5inch 
Climate in Albufeira

Average weather in Lagos

In December Lagos generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 17°C (62°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 9°C (48°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Lagos
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Weather conditions Weather
19°C / 66°F 
11°C / 52°F 
173 hours 
83mm / 3.3inch 
17°C / 62°F 
9°C / 48°F 
166 hours 
107mm / 4.2inch 
January   >> January
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16°C / 61°F 
8°C / 47°F 
157 hours 
65mm / 2.6inch 
Climate in Lagos

Average weather in Portimão

In December Portimão generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 17°C (62°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 9°C (48°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Portimão
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Weather conditions Weather
19°C / 66°F 
12°C / 53°F 
176 hours 
96mm / 3.8inch 
17°C / 62°F 
9°C / 48°F 
169 hours 
115mm / 4.5inch 
January   >> January
>>  
16°C / 61°F 
8°C / 47°F 
156 hours 
64mm / 2.5inch 
Climate in Portimão

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Is December the best time to go to Portugal?

In our opinion December is not the best time to visit Portugal with commonly unpleasant weather in Lisbon.

On average the best time to visit Portugal is in April, May, June, July, August and September with generally perfect weather in Lisbon. The worst month is December that can have unpleasant weather conditions.

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