Climate & Weather in Lisbon

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Climate in Lisbon

Lisbon is blessed with over 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, which lets tourists enjoy majestic viewpoints of the town’s seven hills, castles, and other man-made and nature attractions. Rainfall in Lisbon is roughly 600mm spread over a hundred days of the year, so the town seems to be the next best thing to a tropical country within Europe.

Since Lisbon is located near the Mediterranean Sea, it is shielded from extreme temperatures that other Portugal cities endure. Lisbon is considered to have one of the mildest climates in Europe, making Portugal’s capital a perfect destination for tourists any time of the year.

However, like most cities, Lisbon does have peak and off-peak seasons, which would affect hotel rates, food prices, and other expenses during your trip. The best time to visit Lisbon is in the spring (from March to May), and fall (September to October). During these months, fewer crowds gather around tourist attractions and hotel rates go down drastically.

Summer months (June to August) are packed, especially at Lisbon beaches, which bring hotel rates higher as well. Although winter months (November to February) in Lisbon are relatively warmer (in the 50s on average) compared to the rest of Europe, these months see the wettest in Lisbon, so walk tours are out of the question.

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Alfama Tour - Heritage and Fado Neighborhood Tour

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Low season (December, January, February & March)

When most of Europe gets cold temperatures, Lisbon stays relatively calm with mid-50s in winter thanks to the city’s surrounding temperate ocean waters. Snowfall is uncommon, but can occur for brief periods.

  • CONS: Days are shorter during these months, especially during the coldest month of the year (January). Lisbon experiences most of its annual rainfall from November to February, with December being the wettest. For a city that can be most enjoyed by walk tours, rain can be your worst enemy. Attractions also close earlier than usual. Spend your New Year’s Eve at Barrio Alto and experience its vibrant street-party culture, feast your eyes on locally-designed pieces at the Art and Antiques Fair in February, or be in awe at the tourist-favorite Carnaval in March.
  • PROS: There are fewer crowds during these months (except for holidays), so you can take advantage of lower airline tickets, hotel rates, and other expenses.

Shoulder season (April, May and June/September, October, November)

April to June has a mix of spring and summer weather, which is an ideal time to visit Lisbon since temperatures are mild. Rainfall starts around April, but only for about 54mm a month. May and June have perfect summer weather, while September to November has colder breeze as it nears winter.

  • PROS: Mild climate allows tourists to experience the town’s breathtaking views, and participate in outdoor activities like hiking. Prices and expenses are in the average range, except for festival dates and holidays.
  • CONS: Weather can be tough to predict during these months, but bringing an umbrella to any outdoor activity can do the trick. Rainfall doesn’t lasts for hours-long anyway.

High Season (July to August)

Comprising of the summer months, high season in Lisbon means bigger crowds, especially in the Algarve and resort areas. High temperatures are common from July to August.

  • PROS: These months have the most consistent climate, since it is always sunny and hot with very low chances of rainfall.
  • CONS: Hotel rates increase 30% from regular prices, many of the best restaurants are fully booked, and expect very large crowds at Lisbon’s major tourist attractions.

Average Monthly Climate in Portugal (Lisbon)

Month
Max ℃
Min ℃
Hours sun
Days rain
Rain (mm)
January
15
3
143
15
100
February
16
9
157
15
85
March
19
11
208
13
53
April
20
12
234
12
68
May
22
14
291
8
54
June
26
17
303
5
16
July
28
18
353
2
4
August
28
19
344
2
6
September
27
18
261
6
33
October
23
15
214
11
101
November
18
12
156
14
128
December
15
9
143
14
127

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