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Weather Averages for Algarve in November

image Temperature 60°F

16°C

image Low Temperature 54°F

12°C

image High Temperature 66°F

19°C

image Sunshine Hours 6 hrs
image Rainfall 100mm
Rainfall days 9 days
image Sea Temperature 63°F

17°C

Averages for Algarve in November


Weather lowdown

Like October, November is characterised by falling daily high temperatures with maximum temperatures decreasing from 23°C to 19°C. The average temperature at this time of year is 16°C, whilst on a cold day average low temperatures can decrease to a cool 12°C. 

Wet weather becomes markedly more frequent in the Algarve during November in most years, with an average of 98mm of rain per November at the capital, Faro, though it only rains on one day in three on average with 10 days per November with measurable rainfall. There is considerable variation from one November to another, depending on how far south the jet stream is, so rainfall amounts during your holiday could vary widely.

If you were to compare this to the summer months of July and August there is quite a significant increase in rainfall, as during the summer season only an average of 10mm of rainfall occurs, whilst in November this can increase to a maximum of 100mm.

High rainfall over a short period of time can occasionally trigger flooding problems across the region, as happened on the 8th November 2012, triggering widespread disruption to transport and retail outlets. Later in the same month, an unusually potent tornado hit the area on the 16th and caused some substantial damage in the affected area.

The freak tornado left hundreds of people homeless, uprooted trees and in some cases even flipped over cars. Tornadoes are very uncommon in Europe, however they can occur in the northwest and south of the continent from time to time. 

The probability of precipitation varies throughout the month; precipitation is most likely around November 30th when rain is likely at 36%. However, precipitation is least likely around November 1st where rain is only 30% likely.

Throughout November the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, thunderstorms and light rain. 

However, the rain is often relatively short-lived, and Novembers are usually relatively sunny, with an average of 183 hours of bright sunshine, just above six hours per day, at Faro during a typical November. 

The probability of precipitation varies throughout the month; precipitation is most likely around November 30th when rain is likely at 36%. However, precipitation is least likely around November 1st where rain is only 30% likely.

Throughout November the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, thunderstorms and light rain.

The relative humidity at this time of year generally ranges from a mildly humid 59% to a very humid 96%, rarely dropping below a comfortable 39%. The humidity levels in November are very similar to October, but if you want lower humidity it is best to visit the Algarve in July where humidity levels range from 41% to 88%. Furthermore, the air is usually driest around November 8th, at which time the relative humidity drops below a humid 71% and the most humid day is on average around November 28th where humidity levels can rise above 94%!

However, the dew point at this time of year is most comfortable. Over the course of a typical November the dew point varies between a dry 7°C to a comfortable 15°C. 

  • Ponta de Piedade

During November the typical wind speeds vary from 0 m/s to 6 m/s, which is considered as a light to moderate breeze, rarely ever exceeding 10m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s occurs around November 1st, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s occurs around November 18th. Throughout the year wind speeds are rather consistent typically ranging from 0 m/s to 8 m/s. The windiest month is usually April where average maximum wind speeds are predicted to reach 8 m/s on April 7th.

In November the median cloud cover ranges from a mostly clear 35% to 45%. The sky is usually clearest on November 15th, where the sky is clear 48% of the time.

As expected the length of day is gradually decreasing, from the start to the end of the entire month the length of day decreased by 49 minutes. The shortest day of the month is on November 30th with 9:49 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day is November 1st with 10:38 hours of daylight. As the clocks usually go back one on the night of October 26th to 27th, it is starting to get quite a bit darker in the evenings as winter approaches. 

The mean sea temperature falls to around 17°C during November, which is on the cool side for swimming in, but warmer than during December to April, where sea temperatures range from only 15°C to 16°C. 

As it is not too hot at this time of year, the Algarve is a superb spot for activities such as golf, horse riding and sightseeing.

Things to do

Given that November is often quite a wet and unreliable month for weather, it is a good time of year to visit the Algarve’s many and varied museums. The region’s capital, Faro, houses the Faro Archaeological Museum which has Roman, Medieval and Manueline exhibits. There is an impressive Roman floor mosaic, and there are numerous paintings to sample, including paintings based on old Portuguese folk tales.

A good alternative is the Museum of Portimao at Zona Ribeirinha, Portimao. This museum is especially popular with visitors, housed in a former fish canning factory. There are numerous exhibits covering the history of the location and the fish canning industry, and displays of the old machinery. There are also displays of other local attractions such as Portuguese guitars. The main downside of these exhibits is that many of them do not have English translations, but most should be readily understandable nonetheless.

Alcoutim Castle and Archaeological Museum at Alcoutim has an indoor exhibition showing excavations and artefacts, and the castle boasts good views of the surrounding area. For the benefit of children, a more “interactive” museum is the Centro Ciencia Viva de Lagos at Rua Dr. Faria e Silva, Lagos, which has varied exhibits and some good views around the premises, and also a couple of children’s playgrounds.

The Algarve is also quite good for its supply of shopping outlets. The Fischmarkt von Olhao at Marktplatz 1, Olhao consists of two markets, a fish market and a meat, fruit and veg market, and many of the foods and fish on display are specific to the local area. The market is generally open on mornings and closed on afternoons, but on Saturdays, a special larger market opens, with a wider range of foods and fish on offer. For those after speciality shopping, the Ex Libris Gourmet, situated at Rua 5 de Outubro 10 e 12, Tavira, is a picturesque 19th century building which sells a wide range of goods including spices and seasonings, Portuguese sausages, liquors, coffees and chocolate and tea and biscuits. Many of the foods are out of the ordinary, and the shop also sells a range of wines.

  • Faro, Algarve

Faro, Algarve

Where to eat & drink

The Algarve boasts a wide range of good restaurants, offering some good options for most tastes. Fans of Italian cuisine can try Camillo’s Italian Restaurant at Rua Francisco Filipe Viegas 12, Almancil, which is also good for snacks and grilled food as well as pizzas.

The Aventura Wine and Cocktail Bar at Rua Dos Pescadores, No 80, Salema offers good views from within the premises, and the international cuisine options are many and varied and of high quality, and it is also a good restaurant for trying out a variety of wines and cocktails.

The Lounge Bar at Rua do Castelo 23, Alvor, Portimao, offers a range of high-quality and reasonably-priced pub food and broadcasts sporting events on TV screens around the bar, making it a useful outlet for those who would rather not miss significant matches while away on holiday.

Hamburgueria Casavostra - Casavostra Burger & Bistro at Av. 5 Outubro no. 360, Almancil, serves pub food, and the burgers are particularly popular with customers.

  • Italian Restaurant

Italian Restaurant

Hit the beach

The Algarve has many beautiful beaches, and if your holiday coincides with a fine spell, the weather may be warm and sunny enough to facilitate taking good advantage of them, especially as there tend to be few tourists on the beaches at this time of year. Praia de Odeceixe at Estrada da Praia de Odeceixe, Aljezur has a surf school, and the sea can get quite choppy which makes it a good location for surfing.

The beach at Ponta de Piedade, near Lagos, contains some spectacular scenery including a range of wildlife and cave formations.

Where to stay

There is a wide range of accommodation to choose from in the Algarve. Those with a fair amount of cash to spare can consider the Riu Palace Algarve at Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira or the Porto Bay Falesia at Quinta do Milharo, Albufeira, both of which offer good 4-star accommodation, and are close to the nearby beaches.

For a quiet resort with a spa pool, a good option is the Villa Monte Resort at Sitio Dos Calicos, Moncarapacho.

For those on a tight budget, there are some good options too. The three-star Vila Channa Hotel, located at Sao Rafael, Albufeira, offers good B&B options and houses a large outdoor swimming pool and elegant surroundings.

For those who would rather go self-catering, there are various good options, including the Charming Villa in Albufeira.

  • Praia de Odeceixe

Praia de Odeceixe

November events in Algarve

Fair

St. Martin’s Fair

8th November 2014 to 17th November 2014

St. Martin’s Fair in Portimao is held in the ExpoArade exhibition park and features modern fairground attractions, rides and stalls, selling everything from souvenirs to seasonal food. The fair is open every day from 10am until midnight, except the opening day when it's open from 4pm until 1am and the second day when it's open from 10am until 1am.

Sport

Casinos do Algarve Rally

23rd November 2014 to 24th November 2014

The Casinos do Algarve Rally takes place throughout the Algarve for two days each year in November. In 2014, the rally will run through the resorts of Portimão and Monchique. A special stage will be held at the Portimão Fair and Exhibition Park and the podium ceremony will take place at Praia da Rocha.

Website:

http://www.portugal-linha.pt/algarve/

food

Gastronomy Week of the Parish of São Bartolomeu de Messines

26th November 2014 to 30th November 2014

The Gastronomy Week of the Parish of São Bartolomeu de Messines takes place each year between November and December. During this foodie event, local restaurants, confectioners and producers come together to offer the public their very best produce from their stalls set up in São Bartolomeu de Messines.

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