Madeira: February Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||7 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||30 %|
|Rainfall days||10 days|
|Chance of Rain||43 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||2 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||30 %|
Averages for Madeira in February
Madeira enjoys mild temperatures all-year-round and even though it falls within the winter season, February in Madeira is still significantly warmer than summer months in the UK. During this month, the average temperature stays pretty much constant at 16°C. Daily highs and lows follow the same pattern, sticking at 18°C and 14°C, respectively.
February marks the end of the wet season in Madeira, making it fairly dry when compared to December and January. At this time of year, the average rainfall is 72mm (three inches), which is divided amongst an average of ten rainy days. With rainfall occurring on just over 1/3 of the month, there is a fairly good chance you’ll experience a shower or two during your holiday. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you pack some waterproof clothing or an umbrella.
Rainfall is most likely to happen in Madeira around February 11th and February 20th, when it occurs in 45% of days. On the other hand, precipitation is least likely to occur around February 28th, when it only happens on 42% of days. Throughout the month, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, moderate rain and drizzle. If you want to holiday in Madeira at the driest time possible, it’s probably worth hanging on until August and September, when rainfall is at a minimum.
Throughout February, Madeira enjoys around seven hours of sunshine each day – a figure which is significantly higher than many other holiday destinations in northern and central Europe.
Over the course of the month, the length of the day is gradually increasing, with a difference of 51 minutes between the start and end of the month. The shortest day of the month is usually February 1st with ten hours and 37 minutes of daylight, whilst the longest day of the month is often February 28th or 29th, with 11 hours and 28 minutes of daylight.
The sky is often partly cloudy in Madeira in February, when the median cloud cover is 60%. This figure hardly changes at all throughout the month, only fluctuating between 61% and 58%.
During an average February in Madeira, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 1 m/s (light breeze) to 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 February 29th, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to happen around February 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. At this time of year, the wind is most often coming from a north easterly direction.
The relative humidity in Madeira in February ranges from a mildly humid 57% to a humid 82%, almost never going below 47% (comfortable) or above 93% (very humid). The air is usually at its driest around February 25th, when the relative humidity levels fall below 61% three days out of every four. February 17th is when the air is at its most humid, when the relative humidity levels rise above 76% three days out of every four.
The average sea temperature for Madeira at this time of year is 18°C – that’s slightly cooler than in January. Whilst everyone feels sea water differently, most swimmers will probably find this temperature a bit too cold for swimming. If you’re determined to go for a dip during your holiday, check out the indoor and heated swimming pools on the island instead.
In February 2010, the south of Madeira was subject to some extreme weather in the form of immense rainstorms, mudslides and flooding. The terrible weather was associated with an active cold front and an Atlantic low-pressure zone over the Azores which moved north-eastwards on February 19th, 2010, arriving in Madeira on February 20th 2010. The rainstorms, mudslides and floods resulted in the deaths of at least 42 people and at least 100 people were injured.
Jamaica Beach in Madeira
Things to do
- If your aim is to relax whilst on holiday, the Madeira Story Centre is an ideal place to take things easy. This interactive museum demonstrating the history of the island is an interesting place to spend a few hours and there’s plenty to keep the children entertained too. The onsite cafe offers a range of delicious Madeiran delicacies, perfect for a light lunch in Funchal.
- For something a bit more action-packed, check out the Quinta do Raicho. This horse ranch is located in Funchal and offers a variety of things to do, including several horse riding trails suitable for riders of all ages and abilities and pony experiences for children. As well as the horses, Quinta do Raicho is also home to several friendly dogs which you can play with if you’re not up for the horse riding.
- The mild temperatures make February a great month for hiking and walking. Pico do Arieiro is the third highest peak on the island, stretching up 1,818 metres into the sky. This point is so tall that even if most of the island is cloudy, the sun is probably shining here because it rises above the clouds. The walk is quite challenging, but the stunning views make it more than worth it. Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera!
Ponta Gorda Beach in Madeira
Where to eat and drink
- O Tasco in Funchal is a great place to go, whatever food you’re in the mood for. Here you’ll find a wide variety of international breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes, all of which come with very low price tags.
- For something a bit more local, check out Med Restaurant. This eatery serves an array of Mediterranean dishes, including meat, fish and vegetarian options. To complement the menu, Med Restaurant offers an extensive wine list with international and local bottles available.
- When it comes to evening entertainment, Moynihan’s Bar is a great choice. This Irish pub-themed venue provides entertainment in the form of musicians and singers from Madeira and Ireland, as well as pub quizzes. Loads of live sporting events are also broadcast regularly.
- For something a bit more chilled out, you can’t beat Café Fora d’Oras. This small café is found in the centre of Funchal and is best known for its top quality Italian coffees. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, there is a menu full of Italian and Portuguese specialities, too.
Where to stay
- If you’re looking for a bit of luxury, check out the 4* Monumental Lido Hotel and Spa. This hotel offers a variety of studios and apartments, many of which come with sea or mountain views. There are loads of onsite facilities and services, too, including swimming pools, bars, restaurants, spa and shopping centre.
- Quinta Casa Branca is a great choice for nature lovers. This hotel is found in a quiet part of Funchal, surrounded by gardens and features a variety of standard and superior rooms. There are loads of services and facilities for guests to enjoy here, such as health club, spa, restaurants and free WiFi access.
- Another top choice for people who love nature and spectacular views is the Quintinha SaoJoao. This hotel provides guests with access to a number of standard rooms and suites, providing something for all budgets. Onsite amenities and services are numerous and include swimming pools, spa and restaurants.
February events in Madeira
11th February 2015 to 18th February 2015
The annual Madeira carnival is celebrated throughout the whole of the island, (but especially throughout the main streets of Funchal) with parades, processions, theatrical performances, music concerts and plenty of stalls selling local food and drink. The 2015 theme is zodiac signs and festivities kick off with the main ‘Cortejo Alegórico’ parade in Funchal on Saturday evening, followed by the funny ‘o Trapalhão’ parade on Tuesday.
14th February 2015
Valentine’s Day in Madeira is celebrated much in the same way as anywhere else in Europe, with couples enjoying romantic activities together. On this day, many cafes and restaurants advertise special Valentine’s Day menus – some even host romantic music performances on the evening, too.
Festival of Wine, Embroidery and Crafts
21st February 2015 to 23rd February 2015
The Madeira Wine Institute on Rua 5 de Outubro in Funchal hosts the Festival of Wine, Embroidery and Crafts in celebration of the island’s unique crafts and wine making traditions. There are all sorts of things to see and do during the festival, with various workshops, wine tasting, wine auctions, exhibitions and live entertainment.
Festa dos Compadres
22nd February 2015 to 23rd February 2015
The Festa dos Compadres, celebrated in Santana, is a traditional festival similar to the annual carnival. Known for its parades, musical concerts and theatrical performances, this festival sees actors perform sketches about current important political issues whilst giant figurines are publicly ridiculed in the street and then set on fire. Loads of food and drink kiosks are also set up for the duration of the event.