Climate in Lisbon, Portugal

When we think of moving overseas, various thoughts come to mind: What does the place have to offer? How much will it cost me? And the all-important, what should I pack? But one critical factor is what kind of climate you can expect when you get there.

Here’s the great news about Lisbon, Portugal: Not only is there plenty to do and see in the way of beaches, museums, and historical sites, but it’s incredibly affordable. And the climate is marvelous year-round.

Sitting at a sidewalk café enjoying coffee and a pastel de nata—the creamy custard tart that is the national pastry—you won’t find a huge variance in your surroundings throughout the year.

For example, the coldest months are January and February, with temperatures ranging from 47 F to 59 F. There’s a steady progression of increased temperature into springtime, with temperatures reaching high 60s F and low 70s F until summer, when June, July, August, and September see the mercury hover around 80 F. Then a mild decline begins, with mid-70s F in October and mid-60s F in November, heading into winter again.

As far as rain is concerned, you don’t need to have your umbrella handy. Lisbon receives most of its rain from November through April, but more than half of the days during that period are sunny. Rainfall readings are at their highest in November and December, at about five inches, but then steadily drop each month—four inches in January, just over three in February, and so on until the summer months, which might only see a small fraction of an inch.

Lisbon has some lovely beaches stretching off to the west, including the rugged surfing beach of Guincho. But you’ll see locals in wetsuits year-round, because the water temperature ranges only from about 59 F to 68 F—a bit chilly if you’re going to do more than hop in and splash around.

While other areas—like Mafra, for instance, about thirty-five minutes from Lisbon city center—can get quite gusty, Lisbon is moderate in this department. For about ten months in the year, wind speeds average between five and six-and-a-half miles per hour, with the calmest time being late August, September, and October.

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