Faro weather – temperatures on the Algarve Coast
Blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate, Faro in southern Portugal, rarely disappoints when it comes to weather.
The capital of the Algarve region and home to the third largest international airport in Portugal, Faro is a year-round destination, offering 300 sunny days per year, hot summers and warm winters to be enjoy amongst the beautiful coastal scenery.
Faro is just under 3 hour drive from Lisbon (approximately 170 miles distance).
Find out below what weather to expect in Faro at different times of the year.
Summer in Faro – high season and high temperatures
The vast majority of holidaymakers flocks to Faro in July and August. International crowds on Faro beaches during the summer are a downside to the infallible weather.
Temperatures during that time can vary from 25°C to 35°C (or even more on the hottest days) depending on whether the region is influenced by the cooler mases of air from the Atlantic or the much warmer ones, from the Mediterranean. The oppressive heat often experienced in the Portuguese interior or in the big cities is rarely felt in Faro, thanks to the attenuating influence of the ocean.
The sun shines for the average of 12 hours from May to late August and in both July and August rain is extremely rare in Faro, as well as in the Algarve in general.
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Sea temperature is a comfortable 23-23°C.
See Faro weather chart.
Faro autumn weather
Long Algarve summer does not end until early October. During most of September the daytime temperatures remain at around 25-28°C and sea is just as warm as in August. Expect the days, however, to be considerably shorter.
The perceptible change of the season is usually felt only in October, when the daytime temperatures drop below the mark of 20°C. For those who prefer to avoid hot weather (and tourist crowds), October is a great month for a quiet beach holiday in Faro as the sea temperatures remain above 20°C for most of the month.
The autumn’s arrival in the Algarve is felt mostly through the much higher probability rain. The average of 4 rainy days in September increases to 10 in October. Early Autumn showers are usually short and do not interfere much with holiday plans. In November, however, the rain is usually much heavier.
Faro winter – off season holiday in the Algarve
Winter weather in the Algarve is comparable to spring in Northern Europe. The average temperatures between December and February are set at around 12-13°C, yet, on the best days they can easily reach even 16°C. Warm days alternate with cooler ones, yet the daytime temperatures rarely ever drop below 10°C.
Even in the winter you can expect around 4-5 daily hours of sunshine in Faro.
Spring in Faro
The average temperatures in March and April oscillate between 15 and 16°C and increase considerably in May when the first signs of summer are already showing. The days becomes longer and in April there are already 8 hours of sunshine, on average.
After the winter, the sea is still relatively cold, at around 16-17°C, which does not make spring and ideal time for beach holidays in Faro. It is a great season, however, for road trips along the scenic coast and into the interior where the famous Algarve almond tree blossom can be seen.
Please be aware that the weather tends to be very changeable in April and sunny periods are often interrupted by sudden showers.