If you’re planning your trip to Lisbon, Portugal, and are looking for the best time, weather related, to visit Lisbon, this is the post for you.
The official tourism season is expanding from the summer months to all year around. Lisbon is one of the sunniest cities in world and it’s estimated to have 300 sunny days per year. However, the best time to visit Lisbon depends on your interests and what you want from this visit.
Let’s break down the weather in Lisbon per month.
The weather in Lisbon in January
Starting from the beginning, the weather in Lisbon in January is around 14ºC (57ºF), during the day. However, it’s not uncommon to have warmer days, where most northern visitors are seen walking around with shorts and t-shirts, escaping their freezing winters.
During the day, you can walk around freely, visit monuments and feel the vibrant downtown. At night, all the best restaurants are more vacant. Portuguese had eating heavily during Christmas and New Years festivities and now it’s that time of the year to take a break.
The weather in Lisbon in February
Moving on, the weather in February in Lisbon can be tricky. You can have an excellent week where you can feel spring is at the door. Of course, you can also get lousy weather. Just remember, that lousy weather for us is what English and Dutch people call a normal Spring day. Portuguese and rain do go along that well. Traffic goes mad, people stay indoors or flood malls, like Attila the Hun invaded Europe. But, these can be good news for tourists that are used to this weather. In February, the weather in Portugal is perfect to eat and drink, not feeling guilty that you should be somewhere else doing or seeing some monument.
The weather in Lisbon in March
We have this popular expression about weather in March in Portugal:
In March, winter in the morning and summer in the afternoon.
Of course, it rimes in Portuguese, but most important it makes a lot of sense. Basically, in Lisbon the weather in March has cold mornings with temperatures around 10º C (50ºF), rising up to more than 20ºC (68ºF) after lunch. March weather in Lisbon is perfect for hiking around the city hills and relaxing at one of many viewpoints terraces.
The weather in Lisbon in April
In Lisbon the weather in April is… great. We love it. The winter is gone and a lot of Portuguese start going to the beach during the Easter holidays. The weather is not summer perfect, but the sun is warm enough. Families take their children to play with sand and lovebirds have their romantic walks along the seashore. The long river side walk between Cais do Sodré and Belém is beautiful and what better way to feel the energy where Portuguese Sailors departed to discover the world.
The weather in Lisbon in May
The weather in May in Lisbon is pretty much like in April… during the day. But the nightlife starts booming in May, in Lisbon. Don’t get us wrong. Lisbon night life is famous for not being seasonable. But in May, Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré are packed with people having drinks in the middle of the street, enjoying those warm nights.
The weather in Lisbon in June
Regarding weather in Lisbon, June is as close to weather perfection as it gets. Hot summer nights invite everyone to come out to enjoy the so many festivities that occur during this month throughout the city. During the day the temperatures are between 26ºC (79ºC) and 30ºC (86ºF) ordering you to relax at Costa da Caparica or Cascais beaches.
The weather in Lisbon in Summer time
The temperatures, during the Summer in Lisbon are not that hot, comparing to other southern cities like Madrid, Athens, Rome and Barcelona. The cold Atlantic waters and the northern breeze, that blows almost everyday, are Portugal natural air conditioning.
The most difficult thing to find in Lisbon, during the summer, is time. You can walk around and visit the city during the morning, enjoy the beach after 3 PM, check one of the best sunsets of the world , have a late dinner and go crazy at night. You’ll sleep when you get home.
The weather in Lisbon in September
The weather in September in Lisbon is not as credited as it should. The temperature is milder and more pleasant throughout day and night. The beaches are not as crowded, since almost everybody had their fair share of beachcombing and the northern wind is over. Even the ocean water hits its warmest peak. It’s the perfect weather for anything you want to do: Visit Lisbon or travel around to other cities, relax at uncrowded beaches during the day and have a blast at night. If you surf or would like to learn, then this is the perfect time.
The weather in Lisbon in October
Climate change affected the weather in October in Lisbon. For the past years, October looked like a normal summer month. No rain and hot and dry days were the perfect combination for the devastating fires in October 2018. While the rest of Europe is prepping for winter, we’re still enjoying the sun.
The weather in Lisbon in November
November weather in Lisbon is the perfect month to do the Portuguese favourite thing: eat!
Chestnuts are roasted on the streets and the S. Martinho festivities are packed with smoked traditional Portuguese delicatessens as well as traditional pastries. Don’t forget the most important: “Água pé” (literaly translated Foot Water) a kind of mild wine that we call the “people’s Champagne”.
So, when is the best time to visit Lisbon, regarding weather? The best time is now. You’ll always have fun in Lisbon regardless of the weather. If you want to enjoy the beach and hot nights come in the summer months. If temperatures over 30ºC (86ºF) are too hot for you, you’ll find our Autumn perfect. In case you’re looking to escape a freezing winter and hike the city hills, then you’ll find our winter just perfect.
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