Averages for Madeira in April

Weather lowdown

All-year-long Madeira enjoys plenty of sunshine and pleasantly warm temperatures – this is especially true in April, which falls within the spring season on the island. During this month, the average temperature for Madeira rises from 16.5°C on April 1st up to 18.5°C by April 30th. Daily highs and lows change in a similar fashion, increasing from 19°C to 21°C and from 14°C to 16°C, respectively, as the month develops.

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Daily averages for Madeira

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Weather lowdown

All-year-long Madeira enjoys plenty of sunshine and pleasantly warm temperatures – this is especially true in April, which falls within the spring season on the island. During this month, the average temperature for Madeira rises from 16.5°C on April 1st up to 18.5°C by April 30th. Daily highs and lows change in a similar fashion, increasing from 19°C to 21°C and from 14°C to 16°C, respectively, as the month develops.

April falls within the dry season in Madeira, which means there is only a small amount of rainfall expected. During this month, the average rainfall is 39mm (two inches) which is spread out over ten rainy days. With precipitation occurring on around 1/3 of the month, there is a pretty good chance that you'll experience a shower or two during your holiday. It's always better to be safe than sorry, so consider packing some waterproof clothing or an umbrella.

The chance of rainfall occurring is at its highest around April 1st, when it falls on 38% of days. On the other hand, precipitation is least likely to fall around April 12th and 21st, when it occurs on 34% of days. Throughout the month, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, moderate rain and drizzle. If you want to keep the possibility of rainfall spoiling your holiday down to a very minimum, you're best off visiting Madeira in August or September, when there's hardly any rainfall.

During April, Madeira enjoys an average of nine hours of sunshine every day – a figure which is significantly higher than many other countries and islands in northern and central Europe.

Throughout the month, the length of the day is steadily increasing, with a difference of 54 minutes between April 1st and April 30th. The shortest day of the month is April 1st with 12 hours and 33 minutes of daylight, whilst the longest day of the month is April 30th with 13 hours and 27 minutes of daylight.

During April in Madeira, the sky is partly cloudy, with a median cloud coverage of 51% - slightly less than the previous month. This average stays pretty much constant, only fluctuating between 53% and 51% throughout the month.

Across an average April in Madeira, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 1 m/s (light breeze) and 7 m/s (moderate breeze), almost never rising above 10 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) usually occurs around April 17th, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually happens around April 27th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. At this time of year, the wind is most often coming from a north easterly direction.

The relative humidity for Madeira in April ranges from a mildly humid 53% up to a humid 80%, very rarely dropping below 43% (comfortable) or exceeding 89% (very humid). Across the month, the air tends to be at its driest around April 20th, when the relative humidity levels drop below 58% three days out of every four. April 1st is usually when the air is at its most humid, when the relative humidity levels rise above 75% three days out of every four.

At this time of year, the average sea temperature for Madeira is 19°C – that's slightly warmer than the previous couple of months. Whilst everyone feels sea water differently, most people will probably find this a bit too cold to enjoy a long swim. If you're determined to go for a dip during your holiday in Madeira, check out the island's various indoor and heated swimming pools.

Ribeira do Faial Beach in Madeira

Ribeira do Faial Beach in Madeira

Things to do

The northern areas of Madeira offer unique opportunities to experience nature of a different kind. Madeira's Laurisilva forest is the largest in the world and also one of the best preserved, making it worthy of UNESCO's World Heritage Site List. Visitors should keep in mind that this is rainforest territory and the humidity levels are through the roof, so it might be worth taking a spare set of clothes with you to change into.

Ponta de Sao Lourenco is another nature hotspot worthy of a visit. Here you'll find stunning views which are best appreciated if you follow the 4km walking trail. This spot is known for its amazing sunsets, so if you grab your camera and head off on the walk around three or four hours before the sun sets, you should get some incredible photos.

If you fancy a swim but aren't keen on sand, spend a day at the Lava Pools in Porto Moniz. This popular spot boasts a number of rock pools located along the sea front which you can swim in. If the sea is particularly wavy, the Lava Pools will be closed, so make sure you go on a calm day. When you've had enough with swimming, you can chill out in the bar or restaurant.

Calheta Beach in Madeira

Calheta Beach in Madeira

Where to eat and drink

When it comes to traditional Madeiran restaurants, it doesn't get much more authentic than Restaurante do Forte. This eatery offers both indoor and outdoor seating, giving you the choice to eat 'al fresco' if the weather's pleasant. The menu here is full of Portuguese and Madeiran specialities which are served alongside complementary local wines.

For a more contemporary dining experience, spend an evening at Armazem do Sal. This restaurant is known for its affordable tasting menu, which gives diners the chance to try some of the eatery's most popular dishes, paired with delicious wines. If you're looking for something a bit lighter, there is an extensive a la carte menu available, too.

If you're looking for a home away from home, check out Pub Number 2. This friendly British-run pub is a cheap place to grab a drink whilst taking advantage of the free WiFi on offer. If you fancy something a bit different, try the local dark beer which is hard to come across in many bars.

Opposite Pub Number 2, you'll find Kool Klub Kafe – one of the best nightclubs in Madeira. Here you'll find plush furniture and modern accessories that perfectly complement the trendy music which plays on well into the early hours. Here you can choose to dance the night away on the dance floor or chill out on the exterior terrace with a cocktail.

Where to stay

84% of the Porto Moniz region on the north coast of Madeira is a protected environment and as such, it's a top choice for accommodation if you want to explore the area. At only £18 per night, the Pensao Salgueiro hotel is an ideal option. Rooms have fantastic views over the surrounding natural environment and the onsite restaurant boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean.

Pestana Promenade Ocean Resort Hotel is another great choice for holidaymakers who want to be close to the beach during their holiday. This hotel is located just a stone's throw away from the sea and provides guests with standard rooms, superior rooms and suites. Onsite services and facilities include: restaurants, bars, spa, internet-access, swimming pool and live entertainment.

The Four-Star Porto Bay Serra Golf is a great choice for holidaymakers who want luxury on a budget. This hotel provides standard rooms, superior rooms and suites, each of which can sleep between three and five guests. There are loads of amenities and services available onsite, such as: restaurants, bars, spa, swimming pool, gym and free WiFi access. 

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