Weather Averages for Madeira in November
Averages for Madeira in November
Even though the winter season is just around the corner, November is still warm and sunny in Madeira. During this month, the average temperature for the island falls as the month progresses, dropping from 21°C on November 1st all the way down to 18°C by November 30th. Daily lows and daily highs change in a similar fashion, falling from 18°C down to 16°C and 23°C down to 20°C, respectively, as the month progresses.
In November, Madeira receives an average rainfall of 96mm (four inches) which is divided between 12 rainy days. With precipitation occurring on nearly ½ of the month, there is quite a good chance that you’ll experience a shower or two during your holiday. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so remember to pack some waterproof clothing or an umbrella.
The likelihood of precipitation occurring on an average day during November in Madeira increases as the month goes on. The probability of rainfall is at its highest around November 30th, when it occurs in 56% of days. On the other hand, rainfall is least likely to make an appearance around November 1st, when it only occurs in 46% of days. The most common type of precipitation Madeira experiences in November is light rain followed by moderate rain.
Throughout the month, Madeira enjoys an average of six hours of sunshine each day – that’s two hours less than in the previous month. Despite the dramatic decrease in sunshine hours, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to hit the beach and work on your tan during your holiday in November.
As November progresses, the length of the day gradually decreases, with a difference of 41 minutes between the first and last day of the month. The shortest day in November is November 30th with ten hours and ten minutes of daylight, whilst the longest day of the month is November 1st with ten hours and 51 minutes of daylight.
In November, the sky in Madeira is best described as being partly cloudy, with cloud coverage fluctuating between 54% and 62%. The cloud coverage increases as the month progresses, increasing by 8% between November 1st and November 30th.
During an average November in Madeira, typical wind speeds usually range between 1 m/s and 7 m/s (light breeze to moderate breeze), very rarely rising above 9 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) often occurs around November 5th, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s normally happens around November 23rd, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s. During the month, the wind is most often coming from a north easterly direction.
The relative humidity for Madeira in November fluctuates between 57% (mildly humid) and 81% (humid), almost never exceeding 92% (very humid) or falling below 47% (comfortable). The air tends to be at its driest around November 22nd, when the relative humidity levels drop below 62% three days out of four. On the other hand, November 1st is when the air is most often at its most humid, when the relative humidity levels exceed 77% three days out of four.
During this month, the average sea temperature for Madeira is 21°C – that’s 2°C cooler than the previous month. Although everyone feels water temperature differently, most visitors to the island will agree that this is more than warm enough for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.
Ponta Delgada Beach in Madeira
Dates for the diary
- November is a relatively quiet time of year in Madeira, when there aren’t many festivals or events going on. Between November 1st and 2nd in 2014, the Chestnut Festival (Festa da Castanha) is celebrated in Curral das Freiras. During this festival, the island pays homage to the chestnut which is grown throughout this rural district. Visitors will have the chance to sample all sorts of chestnut-based local recipes, including liqueurs, soups and baked goods, so make sure you go on an empty stomach.
- Although the dates have yet to be announced, the Funchal International Film Festival is scheduled to take place in Funchal sometime during November in 2014. A must-visit for film buffs, this film festival presents a vast array of independent films, covering a huge variety of genres. Held in the Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias, this popular event also includes an international competition for short films, feature films, animation and documentaries, as well as a local competition for films which have been produced on the island.
Things to do
- Wine lovers interested in sampling the local wines will be spoilt for choice in Madeira. Artur de Barros e Sousa Lda is a family-run winery which hosts interesting tours around their vineyards and wine-making zones. The tour guides are very knowledgeable when it comes to wine, so whatever your question, they’re sure to be able to answer it. After you’ve taken a tour of the grounds, don’t forget to taste the free samples – they’re the best part!
- Blandy’s Wine Lodge is another winery which offers guided tours for visitors. The tours look at all sorts of wine-making aspects, including the history of wine and its development and evolution. There are several different tours available, each of which lasts for a different duration, costs a different amount and covers a different itinerary, providing something for everyone. All tours include plenty of tasting opportunities. After you’ve been on your tour, don’t forget to stop by the gift shop and pick up some of your favourite bottles.
- History buffs won’t want to miss the chance to explore the Santa Maria – a functional replica of the ship Christopher Columbus sailed on. The excursions onboard this ship last around three hours as it sails along the coast of the island. You can choose to wander around the inside of the ship – which is set out in the same way the famous ship was – or stay on the outside and keep an eye out for whales and dolphins. Local cake and Madeira wine are served on board, providing you with a perfect sweet afternoon snack.
- The cooler temperatures in Madeira make November a great month to go hiking. The Pico Ruivo do Paul da Serra is one of the most popular trails on the island, set in a mountainous zone. Here you can wander around the site however you like or follow one of the several guided routes. You’ll be surrounded by natural beauty everywhere you turn, so make sure you take your camera with you.
Porto Santo Beach in Madeira
Where to eat and drink
- If you’re in the mood to try some local cuisine, spend an evening at Wine & Chocolate House. This restaurant boasts a comprehensive menu, full of delicious starters, mains, sides and desserts – all of which are prepared freshly onsite. Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty meat-based meal, a light fish dish or a satisfying vegetarian dinner, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for here.
- Tourists with a sweet tooth won’t want to pass up the chance to stop by Petit Fours Patisserie. This café serves a selection of lunch dishes – such as sandwiches and soups – as well as loads of freshly baked cakes, biscuits and other desserts. The only downside to this place is that there is such a wonderful variety of cakes available, you’ll be spoilt for choice to pick only one!
- When it comes to traditional British pubs in Madeira, it doesn’t get much better than White House Pub. This friendly establishment is located in the centre of Funchal and provides both indoor and outdoor seating. There is a wide variety of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks to choose from and most major live sporting events are shown on numerous TVs located throughout the bar.
- For something a bit livelier, you can’t beat the Kool Klub Kafe. This nightclub is highly regarded as one of the best and most popular in Madeira, making it a must during your holiday. All sorts of music genres and decades are played in this venue which is open every night until the early hours of the morning.
Where to stay
- When it comes to sea views, it doesn’t get much better than Vila Gale. This hotel is located on the coast in Santa Cruz and provides guests with access to standard rooms and junior suites, many of which come with sea views. There are loads of services and facilities available here, including: bars, restaurants, swimming pool, spa and entertainment programme.
- For a budget-friendly option, the three-star Hotel Orca Praia is a great choice. Here you can choose from double rooms, family suites and junior suites, providing something for all group sizes. Onsite amenities and services include: spa, swimming pool, solarium, games room, gift shop and WiFi access.
- If you want some peace and quiet during your holiday in Madeira, consider staying at Quinta Splendida. This hotel is surrounded by landscaped gardens and provides accommodation in the form of standard rooms and spa suites, covering all tastes and budgets. There are plenty of amenities for guests to take advantage of onsite, including: spa, botanical garden, swimming pool, sun terrace, free internet access and art gallery.