For daily (and longer) forecasts, try:

Institute of Meteorology, Portugal – English language version giving three, five and 10-day forecasts.

BBC Weather – link to the five-day forecast for Lisbon (go to Find A Forecast for other Portuguese towns.

Weather statistics

Climate has weather statistics for a number of key locations around Portugal. To see them, click here. has more detailed statistics – everything from windspeed to number of frosty days. The site is a bit messy but scroll down to find links to stats for towns around the country. Click here.

Portugal’s Meteorological Institute also has an excellent site. Most of the statistical information is only in Portuguese but the charts are reasonably easy to understand:

For annual monthly averages – click here and select max, min or average temperature or rainfall (‘precipitacao’) on the right.

For monthly statistics from the past 30 years, click here and select from the list of locations on the right.

2 thoughts on “Weather

  1. One of the big issues relating to touring in the north is of course the weather! Rain and headwind (and hills) not the cyclists best friends. Any tips on riding in the rain or should one find a good spot and settle down with a few cerveseras and a good book?

    • I find it depends on whether you’ve got a deadline!
      I’ve always been pretty lucky riding in Portugal. Even touring in Jan/Feb we only got soaked a few times. I’ve always found that a headwind is the most gruelling, depressing enemy. Hills you can climb and even if you get wet it generally doesn’t last all day and you can then change into dry clothes if needed.
      I was in the north last October – beautiful weather for the first half of the month but then periods of heavy rain and got quite a bit colder.
      (I also remember 10 years ago leaving my wife holding our tandem in the pouring rain in Coimbra while I went in to a guesthouse to ask about a room – they didn’t have one but offered me a cup of tea. I did think briefly about leaving Carolyn out there while I stayed in the warm and dry…)

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