Best Time to Visit Azores

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Azores. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Horta und São Miguel. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Azores for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 11 °C to 26 °C
Waves Symbol 17 °C to 23 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.984.76 in (6 – 14 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 17.2 °C (São Miguel) and 17.3 °C (Horta)
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Geographical location

Nine larger and several smaller islands in the Atlantic form the Portuguese group of the Azores (Ilhas dos Açores). 850 miles west of mainland Europe, the islands cover a total area of 1400 square miles. The islands are about 1500 miles away from North American Newfoundland in Canada.

A total of 247,000 inhabitants live in the Azores; the economic centre is the 60 kilometre long main island of Sao Miguel.

The capital Ponta Delgada with the International Airport of the Azores is also located here. Consequently, all tourists arrive on the main island and can continue their journey from there.

On the island of Pico there is the volcano of the same name, Pico, which with a height of 2351 metres is the highest peak in Portugal.

The Azores lie on the so-called Mid-Atlantic Ridge directly on the border of the North American and Eurasian continental plate.

Climate in the Azores

Sete Citades See auf den Azoren (vickysp / stock.adobe.com)  lizenziertes Stockfoto 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The Azores have an oceanic subtropical climate with very little seasonal variation. This manifests itself in mild winters and not too hot summer months, as would otherwise be expected in subtropical areas. The humidity is relatively high, as the winds are carried over the open Atlantic and transport a corresponding amount of moisture.

The Azores are located much further north than the Canary Islands and therefore also differ climatically. From the end of September, foothills of low pressure areas and foothills of tropical storms will be felt in the Azores. However, the direct contact through tropical storms is absolutely rare and only occurs every 10 to 12 years. Winter in the Azores lasts from December to the beginning of April. The weather is difficult to predict at this time, both sunny, calm days and stormy rainy days are possible.

The inhabitants of the Azores often jokingly say that their days have sometimes four seasons, which mix themselves in the middle also still multicolored. It’s not quite that changeable, but you should be prepared for everything, especially in winter. Similar to Madeira Island, the Azores also enjoy mild daytime temperatures at Christmas time, in December the average is 17 °C during the day.

Best Time to Visit Azores: Overview

JanuaryJan
WinterWinter
mild but mostly wet and windyoft wet u. sehr windig
FebruaryFeb
WinterWinter
mild but mostly wet and windyoft wet u. sehr windig
MarchMar
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still unsteady weatherrecht unbest. Wetter
AprilApr
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MayMay
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JuneJun
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JulyJul
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AugustAug
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SeptemberSep
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OctoberOct
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NovemberNov
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increasingly wetzun. wet
DecemberDec
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mild but mostly wet and windyoft wet u. sehr windig

When to visit the Azores?


The best time to travel in the Azores is undoubtedly July, August and September. Warm weather of 25 °C to 27 °C a day and around 19 °C at night is to be expected here. The low precipitation ensures a pleasant summer feeling, the water temperatures also climb up to 23 °C.

The mild values also allow wonderful hiking tours through the wonderful nature, it rarely gets unbearably hot. The fringe months of June and October are also very popular with active holidaymakers due to low low season prices.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Azores) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
HortaMay, June, July, August, and September
São MiguelMay, June, July, August, and September

Climate Charts Azores

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Horta

Climate Chart Horta
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São Miguel

Climate Chart São Miguel
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Azores

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Azores, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Horta (Azores)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature17°17°17°18°20°22°25°26°25°22°19°18°
Night Temperature12°11°12°13°14°16°18°19°19°17°15°13°
Water Temperature18°17°17°17°18°20°21°22°23°22°20°19°
Precipitation (inch)4.413.93.152.442.21.891.382.093.544.174.534.49
Rainy days1313129966710121413
Hours of Sunshine344566886543
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Horta is 17.3 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (22.2 °C)
Coldest month: February (13.6 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Horta is 23 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all months

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
July, August, September, and October

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 38.19 inch on 124 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Horta.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 7.6 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 4.9 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in São Miguel (Azores)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature16°16°17°17°19°21°24°25°24°21°19°17°
Night Temperature12°12°12°12°14°16°17°19°19°16°15°13°
Precipitation (inch)3.313.663.112.912.441.140.981.53.863.154.764.06
Rainy days1312111097679111213
Hours of Sunshine333445565432
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in São Miguel is 17.2 °C.

Warmest month: August (22 °C)
Coldest month: February (14.1 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 34.88 inch on 120 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in São Miguel.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 6 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 3.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


The humid Atlantic climate provides for a species-rich and distinctive flora. The landscapes of the Azores are lush green and pale almost all year round in colourful splendour. Many travellers spend their holidays actively, embark on hiking tours through nature or explore the islands by bicycle.

We recommend a hiking tour on Sao Miguel to Lagoa do Fogo, a former volcanic crater, where a truly dreamlike atmosphere awaits you. The Azores are also known for their abundance of fish.

Diving tours give an exciting impression of the underwater world, various boat trips also give the possibility to experience the up to 38 different whale and dolphin species counted so far with a little luck at close range.

More information about the best things to do: Portugal | Azores

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Horta (Station Matriz)
few clouds     few clouds, 17 °C
Clouds: 20 %       Wind: 4 mph S
Air Pressure: 1032 hPa       Humidity: 77 %
Last updated: 25th Feb 2020, 02:42 pm
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Portugal: Regions

Azores is part of the holiday destination Portugal. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Azores: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 3 reviews for Azores holiday already. Average rating is 4.3 of 5 stars.
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    Annerose , 59 years old was there in February

    Before breakfast rain and then always towards where the sky cleared up.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Dani, 55 years old was there in September

    The weather was often sunny, occasionally somewhat cloudy, never hot, sometimes windless, little rain, if, then rather early in the morning violent showers.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Angelika, 56 years old was there in February

    4 seasons in one day is about right, depending on the respective island.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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