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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Faro Portugal

In Faro, the summers are short, warm, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are long, cool, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 47°F to 84°F and is rarely below 40°F or above 92°F.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Faro for hot-weather activities is from late June to early September.

Climate in Faro

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Faro weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

Average Temperature in Faro

The warm season lasts for 2.8 months, from June 20 to September 13, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is July 25, with an average high of 84°F and low of 68°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.8 months, from November 22 to March 17, with an average daily high temperature below 66°F. The coldest day of the year is January 21, with an average low of 47°F and high of 61°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Faro

Average High and Low Temperature in FarowarmcoolcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJan 2161°FJan 2161°FJul 2584°FJul 2584°F47°F47°F68°F68°FJun 2079°FJun 2079°FSep 1379°FSep 1379°FNov 2266°FNov 2266°FMar 1766°FMar 1766°F65°F65°F66°F66°F52°F52°F51°F51°FNowNow
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature in Faro

Average Hourly Temperature in FaroJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcoldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmcold
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Dieciocho de Julio, Uruguay (5,705 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Faro (view comparison).

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Clouds

In Faro, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Faro begins around June 5 and lasts for 3.2 months, ending around September 10. On July 21, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 94% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 6% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around September 10 and lasts for 8.8 months, ending around June 5. On October 30, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 45% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 55% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Faro

Cloud Cover Categories in FaroclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2194%Jul 2194%Oct 3055%Oct 3055%Jun 574%Jun 574%Sep 1075%Sep 1075%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Faro varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 7.2 months, from October 2 to May 8, with a greater than 13% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 25% on December 14.

The drier season lasts 4.8 months, from May 8 to October 2. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 25.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 25% on December 14.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Faro

Daily Chance of Precipitation in FarowetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Dec 1425%Dec 1425%Jul 250%Jul 250%Oct 213%Oct 213%May 813%May 813%NowNowrain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Faro experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.5 months, from September 10 to May 28, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 8, with an average total accumulation of 3.2 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from May 28 to September 10. The least rain falls around July 25, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Faro

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Faro varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 37 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 42 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Faro

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in FaroJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2014 hr, 42 minJun 2114 hr, 42 minJun 2112 hr, 9 minSep 2212 hr, 9 minSep 229 hr, 37 minDec 219 hr, 37 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 6:11 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 42 minutes later at 7:53 AM on October 30. The earliest sunset is at 5:14 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 41 minutes later at 8:55 PM on June 28.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Faro during 2021, starting in the spring on March 28, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 31.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Faro

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in FaroJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 136:11 AMJun 136:11 AM8:55 PMJun 288:55 PMJun 28Dec 65:14 PMDec 65:14 PM7:53 AMOct 307:53 AMOct 30Mar 28DSTMar 28DSTDSTOct 31DSTOct 31daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2021. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Moon

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Faro

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

Faro experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from June 14 to November 3, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 7% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is September 6, with muggy conditions 28% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is February 20, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels in Faro

Humidity Comfort Levels in FaromuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Feb 200%Feb 200%Sep 628%Sep 628%Jun 147%Jun 147%Nov 37%Nov 37%NowNowmuggymuggyhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydryoppressiveoppressive
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Faro experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.3 months, from October 23 to May 1, with average wind speeds of more than 11.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 16, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.2 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.7 months, from May 1 to October 23. The calmest day of the year is September 14, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.7 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Faro

Average Wind Speed in FarowindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mph18 mph18 mph20 mph20 mphDec 1613.2 mphDec 1613.2 mphSep 149.7 mphSep 149.7 mphOct 2311.4 mphOct 2311.4 mphMay 111.4 mphMay 111.4 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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

The wind is most often from the east for 3.1 weeks, from December 8 to December 30, with a peak percentage of 35% on December 17. The wind is most often from the north for 11 months, from December 30 to December 8, with a peak percentage of 33% on January 1.

Wind Direction in Faro

Wind Direction in FaroNEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwesteastnorthsouth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Faro is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.4 months, from July 1 to October 15, with an average temperature above 68°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 14, with an average temperature of 70°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.9 months, from December 29 to April 26, with an average temperature below 62°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 19, with an average temperature of 60°F.

Average Water Temperature in Faro

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Faro throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Faro for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid May to early October, with a peak score in the last week of June.

Tourism Score in Faro

Tourism Score in Farobest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810108.78.74.24.2NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudsclouds tourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Faro for hot-weather activities is from late June to early September, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Beach/Pool Score in Faro

Beach/Pool Score in Farobest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810109.19.10.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature beach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Temperatures in Faro are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Faro

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in FaroJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%100%Feb 27100%Feb 2790%Jan 1590%Jan 15Jul 9100%Jul 9100%NowNowvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Growing Degree Days in Faro

Growing Degree Days in FaroJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F1,000°F1,000°F2,000°F2,000°F3,000°F3,000°F4,000°F4,000°F5,000°F5,000°FJan 1890°FJan 1890°FApr 28900°FApr 28900°FJun 191,800°FJun 191,800°FDec 315,335°FDec 315,335°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from May 7 to August 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 2, with an average of 8.3 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from October 28 to February 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 16, with an average of 2.3 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Faro

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in FarobrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhJul 28.3 kWhJul 28.3 kWhDec 162.3 kWhDec 162.3 kWhMay 77.1 kWhMay 77.1 kWhAug 217.1 kWhAug 217.1 kWhOct 283.5 kWhOct 283.5 kWhFeb 113.5 kWhFeb 113.5 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Faro are 37.019 deg latitude, -7.932 deg longitude, and 49 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Faro contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 187 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 27 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,401 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,012 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Faro is covered by cropland (37%), artificial surfaces (23%), and herbaceous vegetation (19%), within 10 miles by water (45%) and cropland (31%), and within 50 miles by water (58%) and cropland (17%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Faro, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Faro.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Faro according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Faro is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Faro and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Faro Airport (LPFR, 99%, 3.1 kilometers, west); Beja (LPBJ, 0.4%, 118 kilometers, north); and Naval Station Rota (LERT, 0.3%, 147 kilometers, east).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.