If you're considering making your first trip to Portugal a visit to the enchanting Alentejo region, then you're probably wondering about the weather there. After all, you don't want to be miserable because you've packed the wrong types of clothes. And further, you probably don't want to reserve a convertible rental car if you won't be able to cruise the countryside with the top down, without getting caught in a rainstorm! So what is the weather like in Antelejo? Read on for answers that will help you determine the best time to visit Portgual.
In most of the Alentejo, the climate is classified as Hot-Summer Mediterranean. This means that average temperatures during the warmest month of the year tend to be above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but much hotter days are common, with high temperatures reaching into the upper-90s.
There is a small part of the Alentejo, in the southern area surrounding the Beja district, where summer temperatures get even hotter. The climate there is classified as semi-arid, so make sure to wear light colors and breathable clothing if you plan on visiting Beja during the summer.
Winters in the Alentejo tend to be quite mild. Temperatures rarely drop much below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and high temperatures in the region's coldest months (November through February) are typically in the mid-50s.
In the Alentejo region, the wettest months in terms of average inches of precipitation are October, December, January, and April, in that order.
The months with the highest number of rainy days are April and October, when it rains an average of 15 days during each month. December and January average 14 and 13 each, respectively.
The driest months (which are also the warmest) are June, July, August, and September, when the average is 4-7 rainy days per month. If you're planning to enjoy the unspoiled coastlines of the Alentejo, this is definitely the best time of the year to do it.
The summer months are the most popular time to visit the Alentejo, and Portugal in general, but they're also when hotel rates and prices for accommodations are the highest. Really, any time is a good time to visit Portugal's Alentejo region. Spring sees the region largely uninhabited by tourists, and it's still quite pleasant, even ideal if you don't like the heat and don't mind the occasional drizzle. Autumn is also quite beautiful, with its balmy evenings and short lines for common tourist attractions. Winter may be a bit chilly, but it's also quite affordable, and as long as you dress for the weather, you'll still have a great time.