Breaking down the Azores’ weather:
everything you can expect from each season
The great thing about the Azores is that due to the mild temperatures year-round, there’s no such thing as an “off season” here. In general, the climate is very similar to San Francisco’s (US), meaning it’s relatively mild year-round but a bit more humid in summer. Since the Azores are located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the weather can change quickly, so it’s good to be prepared for an unexpected rain shower. The locals like to say that in the Azores, you can experience all four seasons in one day, so it’s best to leave the house prepared for anything. Bring a lightweight jacket, umbrella, sunglasses and SPF — you may find yourself needing it all on your trip! Actually, the Azores are under the protection of an anticyclone, so it is never too cold and never too hot -- we have a feeling you’re going to like it out here!
Due to their position on the Gulf Stream, the Azores maintain a temperate, subtropical climate with mild air and ocean temperatures all year long. Average temperatures sit comfortably at about 13ºC (55ºF) in the winter, and 24ºC (75ºF) in the summer. The Azores Islands are fairly humid and prone to quickly shifting weather patterns, which keep the beautiful landscapes lush and green. The Azores Islands have several microclimates, depending on whether you’re by the sea, at the top of a mountain or at the hot springs, so think layers.
Here’s what you can expect of each season in the Azores Islands: but any time of the year is great to visit the Azores!
December to March
What to do in the Azores during the off-season? Well, starting with the fares… You’ll be able to find our Azores travel deal for half the price if you choose to visit during Autumn or Winter and yes, Azores Getaways has a special winter operation to the gorgeous Terceira Island! Click here to find out our special Winter offers if you’re flying out of Boston to Azores and here if you’re flying from Toronto to Azores. Think of anything you’d do in the Azores during the other seasons and add these factors to the equation: a bit more cold, less people, cheaper fares, still incredibly beautiful.
Medium temperature during Winter in the Azores: between 14ºC (57ºF) and 16ºC (60ºF)
Coldest day of the year in the Azores: 9th February
Rainiest month of the year in the Azores: December/ early January
March to June
It’s flower season in the Azores and the sun already shines throughout the mystic fog. For those who’re used to strict Winters, Spring in the Azores will feel like total Summer. Late May and early June there are already people heading to the beaches and natural swimming pools as the ocean is already calming and inviting. Spring is the perfect season for hiking as you’ll see the flowers bloom. Do you want to plan your Spring Azores vacation? We have an Azores travel deal for that. If not, Azores Getaways will be pleased to create from scratch your dream Azores trip.
Medium temperature during Spring in the Azores: between 14ºC (57ºF) and 18ºC (64ºF)
June to September
What’s Summer in the Azores like? Depending on your taste, Summer in the Azores makes these Portuguese islands look even more paradisiacal. The pros: perfect weather to go to the beach and do all kinds of outdoor activities. The cons: more people and slightly higher prices. During Summer you won’t think twice before diving in that waterfall after a vigorous hike -- everything will be just perfect. Not to mention the sunsets -- Azoreans love to get outside to see it while cheering with some local spirits. Plus: hydrangeas are in full bloom during Summer months! Summer festivals and popular festivities also take place from June to September and you’ll be welcome to join any of these celebrations.
Medium temperature during Summer in the Azores: between 19ºC (66ºF) and 22ºC (71ºF)
September to December
If you like the Summer breeze but not the heat, early Autumn seems like the perfect time for your Azores trip. The hydrangeas are still blooming, the temperatures are still very pleasant and there is not that much tourist movement. For travellers looking for a relaxing holiday, Autumn is a great option. You can do everything you’ve imagined -- just count with some occasional rain.
Medium temperature during Autumn in the Azores: between 15ºC (59ºF) and 21ºC (69ºF)