The Portuguese weather and climate are usually very pleasant and it is rarely too hot or too cold in the country. The climate of Portugal is diverse and slightly varies from region to region, but it is generally characterised by mild winters and sunny summers, while spring and autumn are generally rather warm, with some cool wind and occasional rainfall.
The Portuguese summer typically lasts from May to September, while the Portuguese winter typically starts in November and lasts till February. October, April, and March in Portugal are mostly characterised by the mild autumn/spring weather.
The North Region
The currents from the Gulf typically soften the climate from the Oporto area and further up North. Pleasantly warm and sunny summers are typical for the Northern parts of Portugal, and sweltering summer heat is almost never an issue there.
While the inland parts of Portugal, the ones further close to Spain, such as Beiras and Oporto regions, typically have winters that are slightly colder than the rest of the country, the overall winter temperature is still considerably mild when compared to the rest of Europe.
Snowfall in Portugal is rare. While it is not unheard of to experience it in other parts of the country, most of it is concentrated in Serra da Estrela Mountains and the surrounding region of the central Portugal, where the highest altitude in the Portuguese mainland is located.
Silver Coast and Lisbon Regions
Silver Coast and Lisbon both belong to the central region of Portugal, where the climate is a combination of elements from the Atlantic and the Mediterranean climates. This results in hot and dry summers, and mild winters that mostly characterise the region. The innermost parts of the central regions of Portugal can get especially hot during summers, with average temperatures reaching over thirty degrees Celsius; Unlike the coastal areas of the country, where the scorching heat of summer is cooled down by the Atlantic breeze.
The Algarve Region
The climate of the Algarve area, which is located in the southernmost part of Portugal, and its surrounding region is heavily influenced by both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic oceans and climates, and it is generally a rather stable and a very dry climate.
Summers are very hot in the Southern Portugal, especially in the Algarve, but the cool Atlantic breeze helps the high temperatures of summer days feel bearable, and even pleasant.
Even during winter, the South of Portugal is one of the warmest and sunniest places in all of Europe. It should come as no surprise that it is such a popular location for tourists.