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Weather Averages for Madeira in December
Averages for Madeira in December
Nestled amidst the bright blue water of the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is a year round suntrap. The Portuguese island, which is actually closer to Africa than Europe by over 100 miles, basks in the Mediterranean and African warmth even throughout the winter months.
December is technically the wettest month of the year in Madeira, but with just 4 inches of rain expected to fall over 13 days, it certainly doesn’t feel like it. Temperatures are unbelievable for a month that is usually cold, windy and even snowy in the United Kingdom. Ranging from 15.5 to 22 degrees Celsius, Madeira seems like it’s a lot further away than a short 4 hour flight from London.
December is a truly magical time in Madeira. Even though the temperatures may not make it feel like Christmas, the island decorations and events sure do. Funchal, Madeira’s capital city, is a hub of activity during the festive season. Bright fairy lights bring a winter wonderland feel to the area and it is not unusual to find Christmas market stalls and traditional folk dancers lining the streets.
For extra special Christmas presents, visitors should explore the Forum Madeira shopping centre in Funchal. Family and friends back home will be sure to appreciate gifts of traditional Madeira wines and cakes.
Those staying in the area for New Year are in for a treat. Madeira hosts a spectacular fireworks display to celebrate and was even acknowledged by the Guinness Book of Records for having the largest fireworks display in the world in 2006. One of the best ways to see the fireworks, and to have a truly memorable experience, is to take a Madeira Wind Birds midnight cruise. At £83 per person this 3 hour cruise isn’t cheap, but the sailing includes champagne, traditional chicken soup and nibbles.