With many sunny days, an average of 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and pleasant temperatures even in winter, Portugal's climate can vary significantly from region to region. This is due to the influence of the terrain, latitude and proximity of the Atlantic Ocean, making the north cooler and the south warmer.
Normally, it is hot and dry throughout the country in summer, in contrast to winter, when it is colder in the north. Snow is not uncommon in the far northern part of the country, especially the Serra da Estrela Mountains, where the highest point in mainland Portugal is situated.
Thanks to its geographical location and subtropical characteristics, you can expect average temperatures in the archipelago of Madeira to range between 24º in summer and 19º in winter. In turn, air and sea temperatures are mild all year round in the archipelago of the Azores, although it rains more often.