Portugal Weather Guide

Portugal is known for its golden beaches, months of bright, warm sunshine and an agreeable temperature throughout the winter months. That makes Portugal a fantastic destination for anyone looking for a winter break without going long-haul. It’s also a gem of a country, packed with vibrant culture, gorgeous scenery and an exciting cuisine.

If you’re planning a trip to Lisbon, or the rest of Portugal (great idea by the way), the first thing you should consider is: when is the best time to visit Lisbon for you?

What is the average temperature in Lisbon?

The average temperature in Lisbon is a balmy 24c. It tends to be slightly colder in the north of Portugal, and warmer in southern areas such as the Algarve.

What is the temperature & weather like in Lisbon in January?

January tends to be the coolest and wettest month in Lisbon, with temperatures ranging from 8c to 15c. Don’t be put off by that though, because there is still a large amount of things to see and do Lisbon even during bad weather. Here are some good ideas of what to do in Lisbon when it’s rainy.

What is the temperature & weather like in Lisbon in February?

Lisbon in already thinking of Spring in February – temperatures go slightly up, with an average of 13c, but the likelihood of rain is still there. Admittedly I am slightly biased, but I think that Lisbon is one of the most romantic cities in Europe, and so perfect as a Valentine’s Day getaway for couples.

What is the temperature & weather like in Lisbon in March?

By March, the average temperature in Lisbon is creeping up to around 14c, and if you’re visiting the Portuguese capital in March, you’re less likely to encounter rain. My partner has even been known to go for a quick swim in the sea during March, though he doesn’t stay in for long!

What is the temperature & weather like in Lisbon in April?

By April, the average temperature in Lisbon is around 19c and the summer season is really getting into gear. People are starting to take off their heavy coats and the streets are a lot busier in the evenings. If you’re heading to the beach in Lisbon during April, you may well need sunscreen and a hat.

What is the temperature & weather like in Lisbon in May?

May in Lisbon is actually one of my favourite times of year to visit, with average temperatures of around 17c. It’s perfectly warm enough to spend the day at the beach, take a dip, then pop out for a few cheeky imperiais once the sun goes down.

What is the temperature & weather like in Lisbon in June?

The average temperature in Lisbon in June is 20c during the day, so it’s no surprise that this is one of the busiest months of the year for visitors. The surfers are out in force, the beaches are packed, and Lisbon’s many cultural attractions are getting busy. Lisbon feels alive.

What is the temperature & weather like in Lisbon in July?

June is one of the hottest months in Lisbon, with average temperatures of 24c in the day, though lately it feels more like 30c-35c. There are many great festivals going on around the city and within a day’s drive, but if you’re not used to this level of heat then I recommend not trying to do too much sightseeing. Head out early, and in late afternoon, spending midday in a restaurant or resting in your accommodation.

What is the temperature & weather like in Lisbon in August?

With average daytime temperatures of 28c (once in a while reaching 40c), August is the hottest month of the year in Lisbon. It almost never rains in Lisbon during August, and sunscreen is essential whether you’re on the beach, the golf course, or pounding the pavements. During August most businesses close as locals head to the golden beaches of the Algarve, or head north for a cool breeze. Lisbon used to be very peaceful during August, though very hot, but that has changed in the last few years, thanks to some people taking their holidays close to home, and the city’s tourism boom keeping it fairly busy.

What is the temperature & weather like in Lisbon in September?

It’s still really hot in Lisbon during September, with average daytime temperatures around 26c. Lisbon holidays in September are incredible though, the beaches simply idyllic and the evenings so balmy that you’ll be tempted to stay out all night long.

What is the temperature & weather like in Lisbon in October?

In October the average daytime temperature in Lisbon generally falls to around 22c which is still plenty warm enough for most. My mum will be starting to wrap up with a coat and scarf but we’ll be perfectly happy in shorts and flip-flops still.

What is the temperature & weather like in Lisbon in November?

Average daytime temperatures in Lisbon are around 18c, so extremely mild. Rainy and windy days are fairly common, but in my opinion the beaches of Lisbon are often at their most dramatic and beautiful during November, so I’ll often head out with my camera.

What is the temperature & weather like in Lisbon in December?

December is one of the coldest months of the year in Lisbon, average temperatures usually around 14c. There are still many holidaymakers at this time of year, either looking for a trendy city break or a festive shopping trip. The air is delightfully crisp, and often punctuated with the scent of roasting chestnuts!