Best time to visit Albufeira

The best time to visit Albufeira for a beach holiday is during summer, from June through to mid-September.

While spring and autumn are perhaps too chilly for swimming, they are an excellent time for sailing and exploring the region on foot and car, as well as enjoying land-based activities such as golf.

Albufeira weather

Located in the southern Algarve region of Portugal, Albufeira has a Mediterranean climate, with mild, moderately rainy winters and warm, sunny summers.

Winter, from December to February, is mild with sunny days alternating with wet and windy days.

Spring, from March to May, is mild and sunny, with some rainfall in March and early-April.

Summer, from June to mid-September, is warm and sunny. The peak holiday season in Albufeira is July and August, which are also the hottest months of the year, with an average high temperature of 29°C (84°F).

Autumn, from September to November, is initially warm and sunny, turning cloudy and wet by November.

What is the best month to visit Albufeira?
July and August are the best months to visit Albufeira – the climate is perfect with hot, sunny weather and little or no rainfall.

However, the months of May through September are all good for a range of outdoor activities.

July and August are especially popular, however this is peak tourist season in Albufeira with greater crowds and higher prices.

Which is the hottest month in Albufeira?
The hottest month in Albufeira is normally August, with an average daily high temperature of 29°C (84°F), moderate heat and humidity and a low of 20°C (68°F).

However, on the warmest days of the month, the temperature may climb to around 35°C (95°F).

The warm season lasts from mid-June to mid-September, with an average daily high temperature above 26°C (78°F).

Which is the coldest month in Albufeira?
The coldest month of the year in Albufeira is January, with an average high of 16°C (60°F) and a low of 8°C (46°F).

The cool season lasts from mid-November to mid-March, with an average daily high temperature below 19°C (66°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Albufeira?
The sunniest time of year in Albufeira is usually August with an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day; that's on average 82% of daylight hours.

What is the humidity in Albufeira?
Albufeira experiences significant seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 59% – 79% over the course of the year.

The more humid time of year lasts from mid-June through October, when you can expect the comfort level to be muggy at least 6% of the time.

The month with the most muggy days in Albufeira is August, with around seven days that are muggy.

We derive the humidity comfort level from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the air. A higher dew point feels muggy and uncomfortable.

December through May is generally comfortable, with no days in any month that are muggy.

When is the sea warmest in Albufeira?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Albufeira in August when the water temperature averages 21°C (69°F), which is cool for swimming.

The Atlantic Ocean is not warm to swim in.

Which month has the most rain in Albufeira?
December is usually the wettest month in Albufeira with 110mm (4in) of rainfall on average, distributed across eight days.

The rainy season lasts from early-October to early-May, with a greater than 13% chance of any given day being a wet day.

The drier season lasts from early-May to early-October, with little or no rainfall. The months of July and August usually receive no rainfall.

Which is the windiest month in Albufeira?
The windiest month of the year in Albufeira is December, with an average hourly wind speed of 21 kilometres per hour (11 knots; 12 mph).

The windy part of the year lasts from late-October through April, with average wind speeds of more than 18 kilometres per hour (9 knots; 11 mph).

The less-windy time of year lasts from May through to late-October. The calmest month of the year in Albufeira is September, with an average hourly wind speed of 16 kilometres per hour (8 knots; 10 mph).

The predominant average hourly wind direction varies throughout the year in Albufeira.

Albufeira Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
16 17 19 21 23 26 29 29 26 23 20 17
Average low temperature (°C)
8 6 10 12 15 17 19 20 18 15 11 9
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
6 6 8 8 10 11 11 11 9 7 6 5
Average daily daylight (hrs)
10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 9
Comfort level
No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity
Average relative humidity (%)
78 75 73 70 67 63 59 62 69 75 76 79
UV Index (max)
2 3 5 7 8 9 9 9 7 5 3 2
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
7 5 5 5 5 1 - - 2 6 6 8
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
60 45 50 35 25 5 - - 30 55 65 110
Average wind speed (km/h)
20 20 19 19 18 17 17 16 16 17 19 21
Average sea temperature (°C)
16 16 16 16 18 19 21 21 21 20 19 17
Albufeira, The Algarve, Portugal

Holiday 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. Although the water may be somewhat chilly, winter (November to March) on the Algarve is sunny and warm.

Low season travel brings great hotel deals with savings of up to 70 per cent at many hotels.

Source: Meteorological data for Albufeira is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020 by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) at the closest weather station: Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, located 27km (16mi) east of Albufeira and 4km (2mi) west of Faro, the capital of the Algarve.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

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Latest update: Best time to visit Albufeira: 11 May, 2024

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