The main characteristic of azorean weather is its unpredictability: it can be sunny and hot, windy and strong showers – all in the same day!
WEATHER IN AZORES
The Azores have a maritime subtropical climate across all islands.
While they are located at the same latitude of the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean makes temperatures to go much milder throughout the year. Expect moderate temperatures in summer months – rarely surpassing 30°C/86°F – and rarely dropping below 7°C/45°F during winter time.
The yearly average temperature is a comfortable 17ºC/63ºF. But the humidity can be considerably high (average of 70-80%) in Azores, so it can feel like a lot hotter!
Don’t expect a sunny tropical paradise. In fact, the weather tends to be mostly cloudy during most days, specially during the period from November to March.
Find out more about the weather in Azores:
AZORES WEATHER CHARTS
- The average monthly temperatures only vary 8.1 °C (14.6°F) which is a extremely low range.
- August is the warmest month (22ºC/71ºF on average) while
February is the coldest month (mean temperature of 13ºC/57ºF)
Rainfall is frequent in the Azores, particularly during fall and winter months (September-March). The western-most islands, Flores and Corvo, are specially prone to heavy rains and storms.
On the positive side, this is exactly why all the greenery landscapes are so lush and vivid!
- Ponta Delgada, São Miguel island, has an average of 1026 mm (40.4 inches) of rainfall per year, or 85.5 mm (3.4 inches) per month
- On average it rains in 188 days of the year – days with more than 0.1 mm (0.004 in) of rainfall
- January is the wettest month (133mm) and July the driest (30mm)
- The sea in the archipelago is warmed by the Gulf Stream and it can reach temperatures of 24ºC/75ºF in the summer peak
- August and September are the months with warmest sea water, while January to April are the coolest
HOW IS THE WEATHER IN AZORES IN…
These are the coldest and wettest months of the year. Winters can be harsh in some islands, particularly Flores and Corvo, where wind and rain can potentially be quite severe.
- January is the wettest month of the year (average of 133mm of rain)
- February is the coldest month of the year (average of 13ºC/55ºF)
Extremely mild pleasant weather. Showers are common but often only last a few hours, before the sun shines again. June can already have some very warm days.
It’s summer time in Azores, so you can expect more hours of sunshine and very warm weather. The best time of the year to swim in the sea.
- July is the driest month of the year (only 30mm of rainfall)
- August is the hottest month of the year (average of 22ºC/72ºF) and also the month with most daily sunshine hours (9) of the year
Usually the time of the year where the weather is more unstable. Don’t be surprised if you get to experience warm sun, heavy rain and wind in only one day!
- December is the month with the least amount of sunshine hours (5) of the year
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Taking into account all the statistics above, it is clear you can’t expect much from winter months. Foggy, rainy and even stormy days are frequent in Azores, all things you don’t want to happen while outdoors.
Unless you are on an extremely tight budget or have specific plans in mind, you might want to go somewhere between April and October. June-August will maximize the probability of sunny weather to the most.
But this ultimately depends on what you are interested in doing in the islands in the first place. Here’s a more complete page to help you decide.
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My articles about the Azores
- Azores: 20 Travel Tips To Know Before You Go
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- The Ultimate Itinerary of São Miguel Island (Made By An Azorean)
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- São Jorge, Azores: A Guide To The Island of Fajãs
- How to Get Around Azores
- 18 Exciting Things To Do in São Miguel, Azores
- The Definite Guide to Hiking in Azores
- Ponta Delgada, Azores: 12 Things To Do In My Hometown
- Climbing Mount Pico: All You Need To Know For an Epic Hike