The whole truth about the climate of Portugal
The encyclopedias indicate that continental Portugal (do not forget about Madeira and the Azores) is located in a subtropical climate zone. However, this information does not give an unambiguous answer about the actual state of affairs.
In short, the country is characterized by tropical summers, but non-tropical winters. That is, in the summer months the thermometer rolls over because of hell, and in the winter months it is difficult to imagine that this is a southern country. But this is averaged information, because the weather in a particular place depends on the topography and the distance from the ocean, which sets the “concert” – it blows life-giving coolness in the midst of July hell, softens the February cold, treacherously descending from the mountains.
Inexperienced tourists generalized table of average monthly temperature in Portugal is confusing, since the daily fluctuations on the coast sometimes reaches 20º. It is more useful to deal with the weather by region.
What a tourist needs to know when packing a suitcase before traveling to Portugal
We learn the latest information about air temperature on the ipma.pt website.
It is useful to remember that the closer the coast, the milder the winter, and the proximity to the mountains provides cool winters, but the temperature rarely drops below -6 ºC, which is quite favorable for tourists from Russia and most CIS countries. A fur coat or sheepskin coat will definitely be superfluous, and a light jacket for down or synthetic winterizer will protect you from the cold.
In general, the country has hot and dry summers. The air warms up above + 40ºC, but on the coast it suffers less. Panama, a hat or a baseball cap will come in handy. Going down the ramp, the first days you should wear long-sleeved clothing, and use sunblock creams on the beaches. The Portuguese easily determine in the summer how many days a tourist from the Russian Federation spent in their country, since a careless traveler after two to three days is likened to the color of a shrimp, after five to six it “peels off” like a snake, and gets a beautiful tan on the day of departure after 7- 10 days. Do not repeat the mistakes of others.
There are many sunny days in the offseason. It rains, but it doesn’t spoil the mood, especially if you are taken on a comfortable bus with air conditioning.
At the beginning of November is the “summer of St. Martin.” It’s like a Russian Indian summer. But the Portuguese even arrange a holiday in honor of him – November 11th. The weather is wonderful, everywhere harvested, the abundance of local fruits pleases, winemakers crush grapes, and in the Algarve are stocked with cones for kindling fireplaces.
About the ocean
Compared to the Black Sea resorts, the ocean in the Lisbon area seems cooler. Given the strong wind, not everyone wants to plunge into the cold waters off the coast. That is why the resorts of the Portuguese Riviera have a custom to heat water in outdoor pools. But there is a special category of travelers who are incredibly happy with such weather – these are surfers. Nazare, the birthplace of giant waves, beckons them like a magnet.
Beach holidays flourish in the Algarve – the southern region, recognized as a mecca for lovers of splashing in the coastal waves and sunbathing on the softest golden sand of the cleanest beaches. Water at the peak of the season warms up to + 24ºС. In May it is cool, but guests from Russia bravely frolic aground and concentrate on sunbathing.