When it comes to weather, Portugal's Madeira Archipelago has it pretty good. Some might even say, "perfect." Let's take a look at Madeira's weather and climate, so you can get a better sense of the best time to visit Portugal and how to pack for your trip to Portugal before you travel.
Madeira is technically classified as having a Mediterranean climate, but there are many smaller microclimates within the archipelago. The mountains are consistently chilly and humid, so if you're planning a trip to Pico do Arieiro, for example, you'll want to pack a jacket along with you. Other parts of the archipelago are generally quite arid, such as the Selvagens Islands. Depending on where the day's adventures take you, you may need warm clothes, sunblock, or neither of those things. In a word, it's best to always be prepared.
The Madeira Archipelago has average temperatures that tend to make it the envy of those who reside in climates with especially harsh winters or sweltering summers. The average daily temperature here is between 61 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit, with the warmest months being July through October.
Nighttime lows are a rather comfortable 57 degrees, even in January. During the summer months, they're around 68 degrees on average, which may be a little bit warm for those who prefer to bundle up at night.
There's hardly a time when the water temperature in Madeira isn't perfect. The coldest average water temperatures happen from February to April, when the average is 64 degrees. During the summer months, the water temperature is generally in the 70s, starting with an average of 70 degrees Fahrenheit in July, and ramping up to a 75-degree average in September, before gradually retreating to the mid-60s in time for winter.
There isn't a bad time to visit Madeira, but the winter months can get a bit rainy. If you don't mind the occasional shower, then even the rainiest months are quite idyllic, especially if you're coming from a place where you have to shovel your car out of the snow in the mornings.
At 4.25 inches, January receives the most precipitation, but December has more actual rainy days on average. On any given day in December, odds are slightly above 50-50 that some rain will fall.
Those who prefer not to have their parades rained on may want to consider visiting between June and August, when the odds of experiencing rainfall drop to about 1 in 7, and average monthly rainfall is less than half an inch.
Madeira is naturally fairly humid, being that it's an island located in the Atlantic. Average humidity ranges from 67 to 72%, so if your hair gets frizzy when it's humid, then you may want to bring a little extra hair product to keep it under control.
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