What’s the weather like in the Algarve in December?
The Algarve’s in the south of Portugal close to North Africa which means it has a lovely climate that doesn’t cool down too much. You’ll get nice mild temperatures over winter and you can still expect plenty of sun in December as the Algarve’s one of the sunniest places in Europe. There are mountains to the north that protect it from northern and Atlantic winds, and the breezes that do reach the Algarve are stronger offshore which is great for water sports and sailing. You’ll be a bit warmer in the east because it’s closer to the Mediterranean than the west.
Faro, the Algarve’s capital, has an expected high of 17ºC in December. This drops to a chilly 8ºC at night so remember to bring some warmer clothes for the evenings. The sea temperature’s 18ºC, while humidity’s low. There’s 100mm of rain over 12 days, and you’ll usually get ten hours of daylight with five hours of sunshine each day. UV levels will be low. Sunset’s around 5.20pm.