The best times to visit Funchal for ideal weather are

April 16th to September 16th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

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Weather in Funchal

Temperature

Average temperatures in Funchal vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is among the most temperate — in the 90th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. 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 late August to early September where highs are regularly around 81.1°F (27.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 70.1°F (21.2°C) at night.

Funchal Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Funchal Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

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)

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Funchal Perceived Temperature (C)

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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.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 68.5 62.5 58.5
Feb 67.9 61.6 57.7
Mar 69 62.4 57.9
Apr 70.3 64 59.4
May 72.2 66.2 61.9
Jun 74.9 69.2 65.1
Jul 78.3 72.4 68.3
Aug 80.4 74.1 69.8
Sep 79.6 73.3 69.2
Oct 77.7 71.5 67.3
Nov 73.2 66.9 63.1
Dec 69.8 64.1 60.4

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 20.3 16.9 14.7
Feb 19.9 16.4 14.3
Mar 20.6 16.9 14.4
Apr 21.3 17.8 15.2
May 22.3 19 16.6
Jun 23.8 20.7 18.4
Jul 25.7 22.4 20.2
Aug 26.9 23.4 21
Sep 26.4 22.9 20.7
Oct 25.4 21.9 19.6
Nov 22.9 19.4 17.3
Dec 21 17.8 15.8


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Funchal are August, July, and then June. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late May to early June. For example, on the week of May 28th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late December with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of December 24th.

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.

Chanceof Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Funchal.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Funchal (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 11% 0 2
Feb 15% 0 2.4
Mar 16% 0 2.4
Apr 13% 0 2.4
May 5% 0 0.7
Jun 2% 0 0.3
Jul 1% 0 0.1
Aug 0% 0 0
Sep 13% 0 1.6
Oct 16% 0 3.5
Nov 19% 0 3.6
Dec 20% 0 3.8

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 11 0 5.1
Feb 15 0 6.1
Mar 16 0 6.1
Apr 13 0 6.1
May 5 0 1.8
Jun 2 0 0.8
Jul 1 0 0.3
Aug 0 0 0
Sep 13 0 4.1
Oct 16 0 8.9
Nov 19 0 9.1
Dec 20 0 9.7

 

Humidity and Wind

Funchal has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is February (55.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (63.9%).

Wind in Funchal is usually extremely 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.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 3.5 Barely noticeable 6.4 Light breeze
Feb 3.8 Barely noticeable 6.7 Light breeze
Mar 3.5 Barely noticeable 6.7 Light breeze
Apr 3.2 Barely noticeable 6 Light breeze
May 2.7 Barely noticeable 5.2 Light breeze
Jun 2.4 Barely noticeable 4.6 Light breeze
Jul 2.2 Barely noticeable 4.2 Light breeze
Aug 2.4 Barely noticeable 4.6 Light breeze
Sep 2.7 Barely noticeable 5.3 Light breeze
Oct 3.1 Barely noticeable 5.9 Light breeze
Nov 3.5 Barely noticeable 6.5 Light breeze
Dec 3.9 Barely noticeable 6.7 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 56%
Feb 55.9%
Mar 56.4%
Apr 57%
May 59.6%
Jun 63.9%
Jul 63.8%
Aug 62.6%
Sep 61.3%
Oct 59.7%
Nov 57.2%
Dec 58.5%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Funchal?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Jan 18, 2018 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

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 50.4 in November means 50.4% of the tourists vs. January.


Overall Funchal Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 73.4°F (23°C) and 67.2°F (19.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 5 days of significant 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 the least precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest 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 significant amount: 4 to 6 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is somewhat cool 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 67.2°F (19.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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