Weather Forecast for Portugal and Algarve

     Portugal Weather

The climate in Portugal varies considerably from one region to another and is influenced by the relief, latitude and proximity to the sea, which offers mild winters, especially in the Algarve.

In the Porto e Norte area and Beiras region, particularly inland, nearer Spain, the winters are colder, although the temperatures are still mild when compared to the rest of Europe. There is some snowfall. It occurs most in the Serra da Estrela mountains, where we find the highest point in mainland Portugal (1,991 m) and where it is sometimes possible to ski.

The summers are hot and dry, especially in the inland areas (Trás-os-Montes in north-eastern Portugal and Alentejo). Temperatures are slightly lower in the coastal areas, because of the influence of the sea.

There are often warm, sunny days in autumn. Nice weather at the beginning of November is often called "St. Martin’s Summer" as this saint’s day is on 11 November.

Algarve Weather

The Algarve has a fantastic climate which made the region become one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations.
With an annual average of 3000 sunshine hours, the Algarve in one of Europe’s sunniest places, and sees more sunshine than even California. The summer months will see 12 hours on sunshine per day on average and almost no rainfall.

Temperatures average 28ºC in July and August, though the mercury can rise to the mid 30s in the middle of the day. Being a coastal region, however, there are cooling sea breezes that sweep in off the Atlantic which are welcome relief on the hottest days.

Spring and autumn are very pleasant times of year. For those looking for an active holiday this is perhaps the best time, as temperatures are much more comfortable. Rainfall is slightly higher in autumn than in spring.

Winter in the Algarve is mild. Average temperatures fall to their lowest in January at 15ºC. Warm days are not uncommon in winter as southerly breezes can bring daytime temperatures of up to 20 ºC. Temperature at night will be in single figures but rarely, if ever, falls to zero.

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