Algarve Weather July Averages, Portugal
What's the Weather like in Algarve in July
July and August are the hottest months of the year in the Algarve region, and also the sunniest and driest. July is the sunniest month of all on average, with an average of 369 hours of bright sunshine at the region's capital, Faro, which is an average of just under 12 hours per day. The daytime temperature reaches an average high of 29°C, and falls to an average of 19°C overnight.
The Algarve has a distinct Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and mild winters. The warm season in this part of Portugal lasts from June 23rd to September 14th with an average daily high temperature of 26°C. The hottest day of the year actually falls on July 22nd, with an average high of 29°C and a low average of 20°C.
While the average temperature throughout the month of July is a pleasantly warm 24°C. The temperatures in July are actually rather similar to those in August, usually considered as the hottest month. On average August recieves a maximum high temperature of 28°C and a low of 19°C.
Although temperatures mostly stay close to the long-term average, major heat waves occasionally crop up and temperatures in excess of 40°C have been recorded. July 2010 had a significant heatwave over most of Portugal, while in July 2012, following a period of drought, a heat wave combined with unusually dry ground led to widespread fires. A severe heat wave began over southern Portugal in late-July 2003 and consumed most of western and central Europe during August, and this again led to widespread mountain fires.
The 2003 European heat wave was the hottest summer on record in Europe since at least 1540. In Portugal, an estimated 1866 to 2039 people died of heat related causes. August was the hottest month, where temperatures soared up into the 40's, but the month of July also saw temperatures exceed the late 20's and early 30's.
The Algarve also experienced a brief heat wave in July 2013, where temperatures in the Alentejo region, located just north of the Algarve exceeded 40°C. Most regions of Portugal saw temperatures between 35°C and 40°C, whilst the Algarve received slightly cooler temperatures due to its close proximity next to the Atlantic Ocean. The reason for these extreme weather conditions was put down to a large anticyclone that extended from Central Europe to Bermuda. The anticyclone led to a mass of hot, dry air and an increase in temperatures.
Rainfall is very rare in July. On average there is only one day per July with measurable rainfall at Faro, amounting to a total of just under 2mm. On the very rare occasions that it rains, the rain is generally heavy, thundery and short-lived.
The probability that precipitation will occur in the Algarve varies throughout the year. On average it is only 4% likely that rain will occur in July, this may be in the form of moderate rain, light rain, thunderstorms or drizzle. If you were to compare this to December there is quite a significant difference as it 36 likely that precipitation will be observed during this month.
July is also the clearest month of the year. On July 26th, which is usually the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear or partly clear 79% of the time. Compared to January 1st which is officially the cloudiest day of the year, where the sky is likely to be overcast, or partly cloudy 44% of the time.
Humidity levels at this time of year are generally low, with the driest month actually being July. The air is usually driest around July 12th, at which time the relative humidity drops below 50% three days out of four, making it very comfortable. Compared to January where humidity levels can exceed a very humid 85%.
The dew point is often a more preferred way to measure how comfortable a person will find the weather than humidity, as it directly relates to whether perspiration is likely to evaporate from the skin. Over the year the dew point typically varies from a dry 5°C to a muggy 19°C. The most comfortable parts of the year are generally between January 1st and July 13th where the air feels neither too dry nor too muggy during this time of year.
Wind speeds in July are also generally low, even though the Algarve is located next to the Atlantic Ocean. Over the year typical wind speeds vary from 0 m/s to 8 m/s, which is a calm to moderate breeze, furthermore, it hardly ever exceeds 11 m/s which is considered as a strong breeze. The wind speed in July usually stays around the 3 m/s mark, rarely ever exceeding 7 m/s. The win at this time of year is most often coming from a north westerly direction.
The sea temperature off the coastline continues to rise at this time of year, and averages about 20°C, so this is a good time of year to try swimming or diving off the Atlantic coast. If you were to compare this to December, where sea temperatures are considerably cooler at 15°C, you can see how much more pleasant the water temperature is at this time of year.
Due to the superb weather conditions during July this is one of the most popular times of the year to visit the Algarve. There are many types of activities you can take part in at this time of year including water sports, boat trips and sightseeing.
Hotels for Algarve in July
Hotel Belavista da Luz
There are many good accommodation options in the Algarve, including some luxurious options, while those on a tight budget are also well catered for. Hotel Belavista da Luz at Praia da Luz, Luz, is a luxurious beach hotel, and offers luxury 5-star accommodation, and also golf packages, while the eateries at the hotel are well-received by customers.
Dunas Douradas Beach Club
Another good beach resort hotel is the Dunas Douradas Beach Club at Sitio do Garrao, Almancil, which has many luxurious apartments.
Villa Monte Resort
The Villa Monte Resort at Sitio Dos Calicos, Moncarapacho is a less expensive option, which has golf facilities and a spa pool.
Winniehill Bed and Breakfast
A good bed and breakfast option in Faro is the Winniehill Bed and Breakfast, which also boasts good views around the B&B premises.
Quinta das Palmeiras
Those who would rather be self-catered also have good options, including Quinta das Palmeiras in the Lagos area. This is a two-bedroom apartment, which offers an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, making it a perfect option for a family holiday to the Algarve.
Beaches for July for Algarve
Praia de Falesia
July and August are the most popular months of the year for tourists, so the beaches can get quite crowded, but on the other hand there is often entertainment provided to accommodate the tourists. The Praia de Falesia between Vilamoura and Albufeira has good nightlife, as many bars on the beach start partying after around 7pm, while the beach also offers good opportunities for relaxation and sunbathing.
For a quieter experience, Deserta Island, located at Ilha do Cabo de Santa Maria near Faro, is a 35-minute boat ride away from Faro, and tends not to get crowded. It contains numerous sand dunes, and the only building of note is a restaurant.
Restaurants and Bars for Algarve in July
The Algarve also boasts numerous good restaurants, with options to cater for most tastes.
The Wander Inn
For a British-style cuisine option, The Wander Inn at R. Alexandre Herculano, 8200-908, is a family run business situated just off the main strip in Albufeira. They strongly believe in fresh and quality ingredients at a reasonable price.
The Birds Nest restaurant at Tenoca Boliqueime, Loule, serves food mostly with a Mediterranean theme, while British-style Sunday dinners are also served.
For nightlife and musical entertainment, MJ's Bar at Travessa Senhora Da Graca No. 2, Lagos has frequent live music and dance sessions, and also serves a wide array of cocktails.
Steps Bar at Rua 5 de Outubro, 2, Albufeira is a live music bar which is served by a guitarist and singer, who frequently produces musical performances in the bar.
Things to Do in Algarve in July
July is quite a good time to try surfing, as the sea breezes can get quite strong at this time of year, and the weather is usually reliable. Kitesurf Eolis which is based at Cabanas de Tavira, Tavira, is a good organisation to try for those into kite surfing. It offers a wide range of training courses for beginners, and there are also kite buggy trips in which you use a kite to ride on a buggy, and kite surfing tours are also offered.
FilSurf Surf School
Surf enthusiasts can also consider the FilSurf Surf School at Lagos, which offers surf lessons, surf rentals, and also accommodation options.
Alvor Boat Trips
If your stay coincides with a spell of relatively modest heat, July may be a good time of year to take a boat trip. At the resort of Alvor, Alvor Boat Trips offer a wide range of boat trips and fishing trips, free transport is provided from your choice of hotel.
Trigana Sailing Adventures
Another good option is Trigana Sailing Adventures, also based based at Alvor Harbour, and these trips also offer opportunities for fishing.
Boat Tours Ria Formosa
Those who would like to sail to islands off the coastline can try Boat Tours Ria Formosa, which offer regular afternoon tours to three islands off the coastline, and bird watching, fishing and snorkelling opportunities are offered.