Azores: The Weather

One of the most frequently asked questions is about the weather in the Azores. So when is the best time to visit the Azores?
It is always a good time to visit the Azores. As you can see the temperature doesn’t change that much. That said, the weather is always changeable (see how to know here and get your geek on) but as a very broad / general rule the following applies:

Spring (February to April): 55–60°F (13–16°C)
Summer (May to August): 64–77°F (18–25°C)
Autumn (September to November): 57–68°F (14–20°C)
Winter (December to February): 55–59°F (13–15°C)

As you can see the temperature doesn’t change that much. Want more geekery and data. OK…

Average temperatures:
Jan: 14c / 57f      Apr: 14c / 57f      Jul: 20c / 68f     Oct: 18c / 64f
Feb: 13c / 55f      May: 16c / 61f      Aug: 22c / 72f     Nov: 16c / 61f
Mar: 14c / 57f      Jun: 18c / 64f      Sep: 21c / 70f     Dec: 15c / 59f

How much / when does it rain?
It rains in the Azores. This is just something that you’ll need to deal with. The good news is that there is plenty to do indoors and even when it does rain it isn’t for very long, nor does it cover the whole island. The best advice is to keep your plans flexible and have a car so that you can drive to different places. Activities include, gin tasting, sausage making and tile painting. Check all these out here.

Average rainfall guide by month:
Jan: 135mm / 19 days      Apr: 72mm / 13 days      Jul: 32mm / 09 days     Oct: 114mm / 16 days
Feb: 110mm / 17 days      May: 56mm / 12 days      Aug: 41mm / 09 days     Nov: 133mm / 17 days
Mar: 106mm / 17 days      Jun: 39mm / 10 days      Sep: 84mm / 13 days     Dec: 124mm / 17 days

Most accurate weather tracking tools:
With the weather being so changeable, we tend to use the following 3 aps to track the weather
(1) Accuweather
(2) Wind Guru
(3) Spot Azores. The third app has webcams of different areas on the island. As one place may be sunny and you’ll find the other side of the island will be raining.

Should I come?
Yes! The weather is not something that should put you off. The Azores is not a beach type of destination for sun, sex and sangria (well not specifically.) While it does rain, it is not that bad and it passes quickly enough.

Can planes land when the weather is bad?
You will experience delays when flying here. However, how much of that is due to the Portuguese air traffic controllers vs the weather I am not sure. I have heard of very few flights being cancelled due to the weather.