17 to 23°C
3032 hours
sunshine per day
211 mm
263 days
102 days
0 days

Climate of Madeira

Madeira has a temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters. The weather here is influenced by both the Atlantic Ocean and the African continent. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. Less rain does tend to fall between May and September. These months also have longer daylight hours, with an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day in July and August.

Climate averages for the whole year

  • Day: the average daily temperature during the day is between 17°C and 23°C
  • Night:the average nighttime temperature is between 16°C and 23°C
  • Sea temperature: the sea temperature is between 19°C and 25°C
  • Rain: it rains 102 days and there is a total of approximately 211 mm rainfall
  • Sun hours: throughout the year there are 3032 sun hours
Maximum temperature: between 17°C and 23°C
Warmest month: 23°C in August
Coldest month: 17°C in February
Night temperature: between 16°C and 23°C
Sea temperature: between 19°C and 25°C
Dry days: 263 days
Days with rain: 102 days
Days with snow: 0 days
Total rain sum: 211 mm
Hours of sunshine: 3032 hours

But what is the weather like here throughout the year? Let's take a closer look at Madeira's climate by season.

Spring (March-May)

Spring in Madeira is lovely, with average temperatures hovering around 64-68 degrees Fahrenheit (18-20 degrees Celsius). It gets warmer in May. Just in time for the blooming of the island's iconic flowers, which cover the mountain slopes in a rainbow of colors.

Summer (June-August)

Summers in Madeira are warm and sunny, with average temperatures around 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius). July and August are usually the hottest months on the island, so if you want to escape the heat, this is not the time to come. But if you don't mind a little heat, summer is an ideal time to enjoy all that Madeira has to offer.

Autumn (September-November)

Autumn begins in September and brings cooler temperatures and occasional rain. This is considered by many to be the best time of year to visit Madeira, as the crowds have subsided but the weather is still pleasant enough to enjoy outdoor activities. The average temperature hovers around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) during this time of year.

Winter (December-February)

Although winters in Madeira are relatively mild compared to other parts of Europe, they can still be chilly, with average temperatures dropping to 64 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius). December and January are usually the coldest months on the island, so if you're planning a winter trip, be sure to bring your sweaters! This period also sees the most rainfall.

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Temperature graph

This graph shows the average maximum temperature (red) and minimum temperature (blue) for Madeira.

Precipitation graph

This graph shows the average amount of rainfall per month for Madeira.

Climate table of Madeira

In this climate table you can see at a glance what the average weather per month is for Madeira. The data has been collected over a 30-year period, from which an average per month has been derived. From year to year the differences may be larger or smaller, but with this climate table you have a good idea of what the weather for Madeira might be like in a given month.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°F) 64 63 63 64 66 69 72 74 74 72 69 67
Night temp. (°F) 62 61 60 63 65 68 70 72 73 71 67 65
Water temp. (°F) 68 66 66 66 68 72 73 77 77 75 73 70
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (inch) 9 7 9 4 3 2 1 1 4 18 14 10
Days with rain 12 11 11 8 5 3 4 2 6 12 15 13
Dry days 19 17 20 22 26 27 27 29 24 19 15 18
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 8 8 8 9 9 9 8 9 9 8 8 8
Wind force (Bft) 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 4
UV-index 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 5 5

Best time to visit Madeira

Madeira's weather can be sunny and warm one day, and the next day there can be a heavy rain. This makes planning a trip to Madeira a bit tricky. However, there are certain months that are generally considered the best time to visit Madeira.

April through October are generally considered the best time to visit Madeira. The weather during the months of April, May and October is mild and pleasant, and you will find that hotel rates are very reasonable. If you are interested in hiking or other outdoor activities, this is also a great time to go as there are not too many crowds.

June through August is high season for tourism on the island, so you can expect higher prices and bigger crowds during those months. November through March is the low season in Madeira, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do. Keep in mind that the weather can be somewhat unpredictable at this time of year, but it's usually not bad enough to deter visitors.

Climate of Madeira by month

What is the average climate in a given month for Madeira? Click on a month to see all monthly averages for sunshine, maximum and minimum temperatures, percent chance of rain per day, snowfall and number of rainy days.

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