The climate of Portugal
Although Portugal is situated on the Iberian peninsula just like
Spain, it has a different climate. In general, it is slightly colder
in Portugal than in Spain because of the cooler water of the Atlantic
Ocean. The western part of Portugal has a maritime climate; the
southern part of Portugal (The Algarve) has a Mediterranean climate.
according to the Köppen climate classification the entire country with
the exception of the northern part has a Mediterranean climate with
warm and dry summers and the northern part a moderate maritime climate
with cooler and dry summers.
Climate information of places and areas in Portugal
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific
information about weather and climate can be found on the climate
pages per area or town. As for Portugal the following climate
information is available:
During the summer precipitation figures are fairly low in Portugal,
only a few tens of millimeters of precipitation can be expected per
month. Especially the Algarve has low precipitation figures during the
summer. Some areas in Portugal have high annual precipitation figures.
The areas surrounding Mount Estrela have an annual precipitation
figure of 2,500 millimeters. The mountainous area in the north gets
about 2,000 millimeters of annual precipitation. When you travel from
north to south along the coast precipitation figures get lower. Porto
gets more than 1,200 millimeters of annual precipitation, Lisbon about
800 millimeters and the Algarve only 500 millimeters of annual
It doesn’t get as hot in Portugal as, for instance in the surroundings
of Seville, Spain. However, peaks of 40 degrees Celsius are not
uncommon. Especially in the interior and in the eastern part of the
Algarve temperatures of 35-40 degrees Celsius may be recorded in July
and August. Along the coast the heat is quite bearable. Even when it
is very hot along the coast it doesn’t get muggy because of low
Winters are mild, especially in the coastal areas. Snowfall is
uncommon in the Algarve; during the day it is often very pleasant and
spring-like with temperatures of 15-18 degrees Celsius. The further
north or the higher you travel the less pleasant winters get. In the
mountains both snowfall and subzero temperatures are not uncommon.
From October till April rain falls on a frequent basis, especially in
Fortunately there is no direct risk of hurricanes in Portugal.
However, hurricanes may indirectly influence the weather in Portugal.
Depressions may reach Portugal causing high precipitation figures and
The Azores are an archipelago west of the mainland of Portugal.
This archipelago influences the weather in the rest of Europe. During
the summer the force and size of a high pressure area above the Azores
influences the weather in large parts of Europe. The Azores are
influenced by the warm Gulf Stream. It is almost always spring-like on
this archipelago with temperatures of 16-24 degrees.
The island Madeira is also known as the island of the everlasting
spring because temperatures are always pleasant without getting too
hot. However, spring-like does not necessarily mean dry. Especially
from October till May precipitation figures may be high, especially in
the northern part of the island.
Throughout Portugal several climate figures and temperatures can
be recorded. The figures below are for the capital Lisbon and
cannot be seen as an average for the country. Please, visit the
individual climate pages for climate records on other places in
More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of
the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time.
How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can
often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate
information per month. The figures below can are for the capital
Lisbon. Please, visit the individual climate pages for climate records
on other places in Portugal.
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