Doca do Cavacas, Madeira Doca do Cavacas, Madeira – image courtesy of spies.dk

Best time to visit Madeira

The best time to visit Madeira is between June and September when the rainfall is low and temperatures average 23°C (73°F), with July, August and September the warmest averaging a high of 26ºC (79°F).

Madeira Weather

November to February are the coldest and wettest months averaging 16°C (61°F).

Madeira’s crystalline waters are perfect for diving and snorkelling, with water temperatures averaging 18°C (64°F) in January and 23°C (73°F) in August and September.

Overall, Madeira has a mild climate with a small temperature range. Because of the mountain range in the centre of the island, the southern side of the island sees less rain than the north.

Seasons

High season: From July through August; advance bookings are generally necessary at the top hotels.

Low season: Spring and autumn is a good time to visit as the weather is generally warm and the crowds have gone home.

Madeira – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 16 16 17 17 19 20 21 23 23 21 19 17
Ave High Temp (°C) 19 19 20 20 21 23 24 26 26 24 22 20
Ave Low Temp (°C) 13 13 13 14 15 17 18 19 19 18 16 14
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 5 5 6 6 7 6 8 8 7 6 5 5
Daylight (Hrs daily) 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Comfort Level No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity
Average Humidity (%) 75 75 70 70 70 75 70 70 70 75 75 75
UV Index 3 5 6 8 9 10 10 10 8 6 4 3
Days with some Rain 12 10 9 8 6 3 1 2 6 9 10 13
Ave Rainfall (mm) 90 65 55 35 30 6 2 3 35 75 80 110
Sea Temp (°C) 18 18 18 18 19 20 21 23 23 22 21 19
(Funchal, Madeira) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from Instituto Português do Mar e da Amosfera (IPMA) – Portugal's meteorological agency.


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Latest update: Best time to visit Madeira: 18 November, 2018


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