11 DecLocal Time: 04:56 WET UK Time: 04:56 GMT
- Sunrise 07:42
- Sunset 17:03
- Moonrise 12:58
- Moonset 00:45
|Temp feels like:||6°c (44°f)|
|Length of Day:||12h 07m|
|Dew Point:||-1 °c (28°f)|
Average for December: 17°c (62°f)
Weather Overview for Madeira
Summer: June – September
is the most popular time to visit
The average high temperature sits at 24°C for the entire season. It can get up into the high 20s but uncomfortable heat is rare. At the other end of the scale, the temperature doesn’t tend to drop below the high teens, even at night. So summer temperatures are generally very comfortable; cooling sea breezes usually ensure relief from scorching weather.
are however times when it can get very hot on
Rainfall is very low throughout summer. June averages just 5mm, while July and August frequently go without any rainfall whatsoever. There is more towards the end of September which averages at 25mm.
Autumn: October - November
The weather remains warm throughout autumn, although there is a vastly increased chance of rain and storms; this is the wettest time of year. The temperature averages at a high of 23°C and a low of 17°C - better than the height of English summer! Temperatures in the high 20s are not unheard of, and it is generally a great time to visit the island as it’s quieter, and cheaper, than peak summer.
rainfall is close to 80mm during October while it is a little higher in
November, the wettest month of the year. On average there’ll be about seven
rainy days during the month. This is quite low in comparison to the volume of
rain as rainfall tends to be restricted to heavy downpours rather than the
constant drizzle we are so used to in the
Winter: December - February
is hard to describe this period as ‘winter’ seeing as daytime temperatures are
frequently around 20°C and night time temperatures rarely fall below 10°C. This
Rainfall is quite high in December – at around 85mm. Again, though, averages show only 7 rainy days per month as most rain is accounted for by short but heavy storms. Rainfall in January and February is just a little lower at about 70mm. The northeast trades become very strong in winter and can whip up ferocious storms.
Spring: March - May
Spring starts off quite wet but the dry summer weather quickly takes over as well as the arrival of hotter temperatures.
March sees around 80mm of rainfall and is the end of the wet season on the island. Temperature in March is still warm – highs averaging 19°C and lows 13°C. April is around the same temperature but sees more sunshine and lower rainfall. May sees average highs climb into the 20s, and the start of the long hot sunny summer days.
mountainous topography of the main
Madeira Islands are an autonomous region of Portugal
and lie in the Atlantic Ocean just under 1000km southwest of its coast and
about 600kms west of Morocco in
Africa. Although geographically closer to Africa, the islands
are culturally and politically part of Europe. You can
find the Canary
Islands about 350km to the south of the
are fourteen islands and islets that make up the