Ponta Delgada is the largest community in the Azores, Portugal, and it is where many visitors start their explorations of the archipelago. If you're planning a visit to the Azores and wondering when to book your ticket to Joao Paulo II airport, have a look at our guide to Ponta Delgada weather and climate first, where you'll find tips as to the best time of year to visit Portugal based on seasonal changes.
One of the nicest things about the weather in Ponta Delgada is that the winters really aren't that much colder than the summers. The coldest month on average is February, when daily highs hover in the mid-60s, and nightly lows dip down to the low 50s Fahrenheit ? not exactly beach weather, but still plenty warm for some lovely sightseeing and outdoor adventures.
August is the warmest month, with daily highs averaging out at about 76 degrees, and lows just shy of 64 degrees Fahrenheit. If you want to spend most of your time in the Azores in a swimsuit, then August is a prime time to take your trip.
Really, average temperatures are just about perfect in Ponta Delgado from June through October.
Being surrounded by the Atlantic means that Ponta Delgada gets its fair share of rainfall. It's hard to resent the rain when you consider the lush forests and crystalline lakes that it feeds. Still, if you're looking to maximize your time in the sunshine, then you'll probably want to plan your trip for June, July, or August, when the average number of rainy days is 10-12 per month.
The rainiest month is typically January, when you're likely to see rainfall on about 60% of your days in Ponta Delgada. One thing to remember about Ponta Delgada: if you don't like the weather, just wait a little while. Rainstorms tend to pass rather quickly here, and you may be able to escape them by simply hopping into your rental car, and driving to the other side of Sao Miguel.
As a far-flung island in the Atlantic, Sao Miguel can be a bit windy at times. Wind is wonderful for sailing, windsurfing, and flying kites, but it's less than ideal for a relaxing day at the beach. The months with the lowest average wind speeds are May-August.
The warm, coastal waters are an undeniable part of the allure of a trip to the Azores. If swimming, snorkeling, and frolicking with the dolphins are on your travel itinerary, then you'll want to visit between June and October, when the water temperature rarely falls below 65 degrees.
March is the coldest month for swimming, with average temperatures around 58 degrees Fahrenheit; that's still not bad, but not quite as nice as the 70-degree-plus swimming you'll experience around late August.