The proximity of the Mediterranean Sea greatly influences the Algarvian climate. Summers are hot and dry and winters are mild with hardly any rain (50 days with rain and 500 mm on average each year), combined with very inviting springs and autumns.
22-10-2014 at 09:39 Daily Weather Report
My thermometer hit 26.7 up here yesterday in sunny PÃ¡teo, but it was rather misty.
Top line is outside in the shade, bottom line is inside
Same again this morning, the mist is just starting to go. Temperature at 0935 is 25.8c, there is almost no wind. The IPMA forecast for this afternoon is 34C, which is about 12C higher than the usual for the time of year. It will be a rather warm night, no lower than about 23 or 24c.
Tomorrow will be a little cooler at only 28C, on Friday the situation starts to get back to normal with some clouds around and maybe as low as a chilly 25C. The outlook for the weekend and beyond is for dry weather, a bit of cloud and daytime temperatures in the mid-20's. The nights will feel really cold, 15 - 16 C at best.
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What temperatures to expect along the year.
The sea water temperature starts at around 14ºC in January and reaches a high 22ºC in August. A pleasant sea breeze refreshes the average annual temperature of the region, which is 17,7ºC (15ºC in January and up to 28ºC or more in July and August).
The Algarve can also count on around 3.000 hours of Sun during the year which makes it a favourite destination for those who fancy such a delightful climate.
The interactive charts below will allow you to analyse the different average data that make the Algarve weather.
Taking care in the Sun
As can be observed, during Summer, the temperature in the Algarve is very high (it can go over 40ºC/100ºF exceptionally) and the periods of sun are long. It is common knowledge that excess sun can cause illnesses such as skin cancer.
The safest procedure is to use plenty of high-factor sunscreen, especially on children. A hat is an indispensable accessory, as are a good pair of sunglasses. It is advisable to avoid exposure to the sun during its strongest point in the day, between midday and 3 o'clock in the afternoon. In the case of sunburns or sunstroke, do seek medical attention.