The Algarve weather information
The Algarve is known for its excellent all year round moderate and sunny climate characterized by clear blue skies and very little rain to hamper your holiday or the enjoyment of the many outdoor activities offered.
The Algarve weather is mainly influenced by the Atlantic ocean, the Mediterranean sea and the influence of the North African region.
For the most part you you will enjoy hot dry summers and mild winters. In the Summer, the heat is moderated by by the westerly Atlantic winds.
July and August are the hottest months in the Algarve with an average temperature of 24°C (74°F) and the coldest is January averaging 12°C (54°F) with the most daily sunshine hours in June, July and August.
The wettest month is December with an average of 117.2mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 21°C (70°F).
Average Daily Sunshine Hours in the Algarve:
Algarve has a daily average of over 8 hours of sunshine adding to about 3,000 hours of sun on a yearly basis.
Average Sea Temperature in the Algarve:
The best month to swim in the sea is in August and September when the average sea temperature is 21°C (70°F).
In the Summer the sea in the Eastern area of the Algarve is traditionally warmer than in the western region of the Algarve because of the Mediterranean winds from the east. In the Winter, the wind and waves are considerably rougher on the Western area of the province.
Average Rain Fall in the Algarve:
Most of the precipitation in the Algarve occurs between November and February. The annual rainfall averages 515 mm with a mean annual temperature of 17.9ºC.