in Portugal vary from region to region
depending upon the geographical nature of the region.
The differences in temperature can be great in
even though it is a relatively small country. This is
understandable for a country which is bordered on two
sides by the Atlantic Ocean and has a relatively large
mountain range to the centre.
Generally summers in
and hot, though coastal regions will be
slightly milder due to the cooling sea breezes. More
mountainous regions such as the Beira Alta, Minho and
Tras-os-Montes areas of will also be slightly cooler due
to altitude. The plains of the
Alentejo though can
experience temperatures up to 45 degrees Celsius.
Winters in Portugal are a
lot milder than those of more northerly European
countries even so it can get chilly and it has been
known to snow outside of the Serra da Estrela mountains.
Average temperatures in winter are around 11 degrees
Celsius for most of the country, though this can drop
down to zero on occasions. In 2009 several more
northerly regions of Portugal did experience unusual
weather patterns with hard frosts and a lot of snowfall.
In early 2010, as with most
Portugal experienced some of it's coldest
days and nights with temperatures plummeting to below
zero for several consecutive nights in early January.
However this dip in the temperatures was unusual and was
balanced by the bright sunshine and clear blue skies
through the day.