The best times to visit Funchal for ideal weather are
January 1st to December 30th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Funchal Travel Guide
Weather in Funchal
Average temperatures in Funchal vary very little and are temperate for about half of the year. The area is in the top 45 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Funchal, the hottest months are August, September, and then July. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid-August where highs are regularly around 81.1°F (27.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 69.8°F (21°C) at night.
Funchal Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Funchal Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Funchal Perceived Temperature (F)
Funchal Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Funchal Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in Funchal are November, October, and then December. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early-to-mid-July. For example, on the week of July 9th there are only 0 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid-to late November with an average of 2.8 days with significant precipitation the week of November 19th.
When can you find snow in Funchal? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Funchal.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Funchal (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Funchal has slightly low to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is February (55.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (63.9%).
Wind in Funchal is usually calm. The windiest month is December, followed by February and March. December’s average wind speed of around 3.9 knots (4.5 MPH or 7.2 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early March where average top sustained speeds reach 7.4 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Funchal.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Meaning (Beaufort)||Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind||Meaning (Beufort)|
|Jan||3.5||light air||6.4||a light breeze|
|Feb||3.8||light air||6.7||a light breeze|
|Mar||3.5||light air||6.7||a light breeze|
|Apr||3.2||light air||6||a light breeze|
|May||2.7||light air||5.2||a light breeze|
|Jun||2.4||light air||4.6||a light breeze|
|Jul||2.2||light air||4.2||a light breeze|
|Aug||2.4||light air||4.6||a light breeze|
|Sep||2.7||light air||5.3||a light breeze|
|Oct||3.1||light air||5.9||a light breeze|
|Nov||3.5||light air||6.5||a light breeze|
|Dec||3.9||light air||6.7||a light breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Funchal?
As of 6/25/2017 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Portugal; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Funchal, Portugal is January, followed by February and October. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Funchal in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Funchal Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 73.4°F (23°C) and 67.2°F (19.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 8 days of precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 0 to 2 days of precipitation per month. June – August is busy season for tourism in Funchal, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 80.4°F (26.9°C) and 70.7°F (21.5°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a fair amount: 8 to 9 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is somewhat cold this time of year in Funchal to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 70.5°F (21.4°C) and 67.4°F (19.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a noticeable amount: 7 to 9 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.