The weather in the Algarve
Few things factor into someone’s ultimate appreciation of a holiday in the Algarve quite as much as the weather. Your plans could ultimately change significantly if the weather has not been properly accounted for; your sunbathing plans could be scuppered if the temperature drops, while sightseeing could be interrupted by the incursion of rain. While certainly an unlikely prospect; considering that the Algarve region is exposed to an average 300 days of sunshine, it can never hurt to prepare for the worst, even if it never actually occurs.
Planning is essential to get the most from your holiday in the Algarve; so we’ve created and collated this resource to make such planning as easy as possible. We’ve broken down what you can expect from each season, as well as provided additional resources to help you best understand and assess the impact of weather on your holiday in the Algarve.
Summer time Algarvian weather
As you would no doubt guess, Summer time in the Algarve gets pretty warm! Temperatures tend to peak at around 35˚C, and will generally only drop as far as 20˚C; ensuring that evenings are also exceptionally comfortable. Outliers of higher temperature periods include June 2010, when temperatures soared to over 42˚C.
During an Algarvian summer, the surrounding ocean is warmed to around 21˚C ensuring that swimming and water sports can be partaken in exceptionally comfortable conditions. Occasional thunderstorms are the only phenomena that could potentially put a downer on your holiday plans, though they truly are few and far between.
While generally kept at levels of around 60% – 65% by frequent sea breezes, humidity can reach quite high levels, even hitting 85% in extreme cases.
Autumn weather in the Algarve
Autumn is, while comparatively colder than summer, still quite warm in the Algarve. This makes a trip to enjoy the sunshine of southern Portugal even that late in the year a very strong prospect. Despite temperatures that still hover around 35˚C - 19 ˚C, the autumn months in the Algarve tend to be far less busy in terms of tourism; making it an ideal time for holidaymakers who prefer a milder, quieter experience.
While the air temperature still lingers at comfortable levels, the temperature of the sea will start to drop at this time of year, and humidity will rise further, when compared to the summer months; compensating in a way for the more mild exterior temperature. September and October are often cited as some of the best months to visit the Algarve region, with the cooler, yet still exotic conditions making site-seeing more comfortable than in a much hotter Algarvian summer.
Winter Algarve weather
Even winter in the Algarve can be pleasant for holiday makers; while snow has been known to occur from time to time, temperatures normally stay between 15˚C to 20˚C; with temperatures sometimes dropping to between 5˚C and 10˚C at night. Rain is more prevalent this time of year, though showers tend to occur in short bursts, accompanied by an occasional thunderstorm.
Extreme weather like snow and thunderstorms are particularly rare in Portugal in general, let alone the Algarve region, so such experiences are far from guaranteed, even in the winter months. Further offsetting the rare, intermittent rainfall, is the ever present Algarve sunshine, which generally dries up any evidence of the shower occurring within a couple of hours.
Spring weather in the Algarve
While generally considered to be the coolest season in the Algarve by locals, such a statement is still very relative; temperatures still linger in the comfortable bracket of 10˚C to 18˚C, while inclement weather is still as infrequent as in winter. The sea temperature has yet to fully increase from the lows of winter, but the adventurous may well consider 14˚C to 17˚C water temperatures to be ample when it comes to going for a paddle, or enjoying water sports.
After the Algarve peak rainfall season of winter, spring sees a gradual decline; making it even less likely that you’ll encounter storms or showers while away. Night time temperatures may well reach a level that necessitates the wearing of a warm coat; but spring in the Algarve is still generally warm enough to allow for an enjoyable beach holiday, especially for holidaymakers that enjoy milder temperatures.