Like its neighbouring
island Madeira, Porto Santo has a fairly stable climate throughout the year with
temperatures averaging roughly 22 degrees Celsius in the summer and 16 degrees
Celsius in the winter. The sea temperature rises from a low of roughly 16
degrees Celsius in April/May to a high of roughly 24 degrees Celsius in
October. Rainfall on Porto Santo is low and the weather is often dry and sunny
(so its important to have sun protection). The various windmills and wind
generators on the island are testament to the fact that Porto Santo can be
windy. Low cloud known as ‘capacete’ (meaning ‘helmet’) will sometimes hang
over the island through the middle of the day before clearing in the afternoon.
The year-round warm climate means there is no bad time to visit Porto Santo,
although the island can be windy during the winter and spring months (November
to April). Because of the summer sun, however, the island is very popular with
Madeirans during July and August and can get a little crowded.
Daylight hours don’t
vary as much as in Northern Europe - it gets dark at around 6pm in winter, and
9:30 pm in the summer.
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