The best times to visit Santa Maria Island for ideal weather are
May 7th to September 2nd
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Santa Maria Island Travel Guide
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Weather in Santa Maria Island
Average temperatures in Santa Maria Island vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 80th 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 Santa Maria Island, the hottest months are August, September, and then July. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid to late August where highs are regularly around 78.9°F (26.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 69°F (20.6°C) at night.
Santa Maria Island Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Santa Maria Island 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.
Santa Maria Island Perceived Temperature (F)
Santa Maria Island Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Santa Maria Island 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 significant precipitation in Santa Maria Island 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 mid to late August. For example, on the week of August 20th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid March with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of March 12th.
When can you find snow in Santa Maria Island? 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 Santa Maria Island.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Santa Maria Island (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
Santa Maria Island has some very humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is September (71.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (78.1%).
Wind in Santa Maria Island is usually moderate. The windiest month is December, followed by February and March. December’s average wind speed of around 12.2 knots (14 MPH or 22.6 KPH) is considered “a moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late December where average top sustained speeds reach 20.9 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Santa Maria Island.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||11.3||Significant breeze||17.3||Strong breeze|
|Feb||11.8||Significant breeze||18.3||Strong breeze|
|Mar||11.5||Significant breeze||17.9||Strong breeze|
|Apr||10.8||Gentle breeze||16.8||Significant breeze|
|May||9.4||Gentle breeze||15.1||Strong breeze|
|Jun||8.6||Gentle breeze||13.8||Significant breeze|
|Jul||7.7||Gentle breeze||12.6||Strong breeze|
|Aug||7.7||Gentle breeze||12.7||Significant breeze|
|Sep||8.8||Gentle breeze||14.5||Strong breeze|
|Oct||11||Significant breeze||16.9||Significant breeze|
|Nov||10.9||Gentle breeze||17.5||Strong breeze|
|Dec||12.2||Significant breeze||19.4||Strong breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Santa Maria Island?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 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. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Santa Maria Island, 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 Santa Maria Island 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 Santa Maria Island Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 70.5°F (21.4°C) and 63.6°F (17.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 8 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 2 to 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Santa Maria Island, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 77.7°F (25.4°C) and 64.8°F (18.2°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 7 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 Santa Maria Island to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 64.6°F (18.1°C) and 62.6°F (17°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 10 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.