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The climate of Madeira (Portugal)
The island of Madeira is also known as the island of eternal spring. Together with the island of Porto Santo and the archipelagos of Desertas and Selvagens Madeira forms the autonomous region of Madeira. Madeira and the other islands are very popular among those who do not like mass tourism but prefer to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Madeira is ideal for walking. Several well signed walks of various distances have been set out here. Because of their location the islands have developed their own unique flora and fauna. Mount Pico Ruivo is the highest point of this autonomous region with an altitude of 1,862 meters. Madeira has a subtropical climate which is mild and may be very wet. Temperatures are almost always pleasantly warm. However, when a so called Leste wind comes from Africa temperatures may rise above 30 degrees Celsius. This type of wind supplies dry and warm air. The differences in altitude on the island cause several micro climates. This means subzero temperatures are not uncommon on the highest peaks but are uncommon along the coast. The capital Funchal is much drier and sunnier than the rest of the island. Madeira is also known for its fortified wine.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Madeira

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
January 15 10 5 12 18
February 15 10 5 11 18
March 16 10 6 11 18
April 16 11 6 9 18
May 18 12 7 6 19
June 20 14 7 5 20
July 22 16 8 2 21
August 23 17 8 3 23
September 23 16 7 7 23
October 21 15 6 10 22
November 18 13 5 11 21
December 16 11 5 13 19
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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Disclaimer
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