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Algarve Winter Weather

Posted on January 24, 2011 by Ben Algarve
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It seems I spoke a little too soon about the weather. Yesterday was probably the coldest day of the Algarve winter so far.

We have long given up hoping for any sympathy from our friends and family back in England with regards to the weather. However, people we have spoken to who have lived in both countries all agree that when it’s cold in Portugal it feels somehow different – deep in your bones! Anyway, for the record, at one point yesterday in the early evening it was colder here than in London, and with an accompanying biting wind.

The other very relevant factor is that in England, most people have central heating. Air conditioning, even when set to the highest and hottest setting (the use of which effectively gives EDP, the Portuguese electricity company, free reign on all spare money in your bank account) doesn’t take the chill out of the air completely. Multiple layers and duvets in the living room are the only solution!

Algarve Winter Weather Forecast

Algarve Winter Weather Forecast

People planning to move to the “hot” Algarve should be aware of this. Although it doesn’t last long, when it gets cold it does get seriously cold, and it is often accompanied by very high winds off the Atlantic. Last night we could hear the waves crashing in the distance, even though the sea is about a mile away.

Judging by the weather forecast, we are also now due nearly two weeks of heavy rain. That’ll teach me to be smug about the January sunshine. Algarve rain can be a pretty impressive, drenched within seconds of leaving the house kind of rain, so it looks like we have that to look forward to, but I must admit I prefer rain that doesn’t mess about to the slow grey drizzle which often characterises London at the start of the year.

I admit this weather does in some ways make us miss England, with its ready supply of open fires, country pubs, atora suet and steak and ale pies, but hopefully it won’t be TOO long until spring returns.

With the weather talk out of the way, there’s not a huge amount to report from the past week. After getting rid of our post-Christmas illnesses and clutter it was just pleasing to be back to work and routine (something I never expect to hear myself say.) We did discover a superb restaurant in Tavira at the weekend though: Brisa do Rio – read the review at Food and Wine Portugal.

Have a good week!

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  1. A take on your views by a local, meaning, Portuguese person. Totally agree. Winter is a lot more bearable in the UK than here, and you’re totally right about the reasons why. I myself was ecstatic last week thinking Winter was over and done with. Think again, indeed. Nevertheless, I Iove this corner of the world… There’s just something about this place that makes you want to leave here.

  2. Sorry, I meant live… :) definitely not leave!

  3. Anonimous says:

    The winter is more bearable in the UK than in Algarve?!
    No offence, but that sounds a bit insane.
    Sure, you can say that winter rainy days are bad in Algarve, but the truth is that the majority of winter days aren’t like that.

    Even in the north of Portugal where I live, in this last weeks most of days have been glorious sunny days.

    And the weather in Algarve in the last days was certainly not rainy everyday, as the prediction on that website shows.
    If you want a reliable (at least more reliable than generalistic weather websites) prediction of the portuguese weather, check http://www.meteo.pt

  4. admin says:

    Hello to you both!

    It’s an interesting debate, and I too would have seen it as a bit insane until living in both countries and I can confidently say that I have felt colder here in Portugal than I ever did when I lived in the UK, despite colder temperatures.

    I think central heating, insulation and fitted carpets has a lot to do with it

    Best wishes
    B

  5. Anonimous says:

    That’s for sure.
    Does your house in Algarve has poor insulation?

    Portuguese houses traditionally have poor insulation, although in recent years that has improved a lot, with houses built from the mid 1990′s on, usually have good insulation.
    Fortunatelly nowadays building houses/buildings with good insulation is quite “fashionable”, which is a very good thing.

    As for carpet floors, you’il never have it in Portugal like in the UK, mainly due to summer weather. But tile floors works very well for example with floor heating systems.

    Regards!



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