What’s the weather like in Madeira in February?
Madeira has a subtropical climate thanks to its location off the northwest coast of Africa, with the Portuguese archipelago great for winter sun. February’s one of the wettest months of the year but there’s less rain than January and you’ll get plenty of warm and sunny weather.
The effect of the Gulf Stream will heat things up in Madeira, while the Canary current will cool things down, keeping the temperatures manageable. Northern and eastern areas are a bit cooler and wetter because of north easterly winds, with mountains sheltering other places including Funchal. Hot winds can sometimes blow over from the Sahara Desert, which drive temperatures up.
The average high temperature in Madeira during February is 18ºC, although things get a bit cool at night with temperatures typically dropping to 10ºC. The normal sea temperature’s 18ºC, while humidity’s low and expected rainfall’s 72mm over ten rainy days. You can expect 11 hours of daylight with five hours of sunshine each day, while UV levels will be moderate. Sunset’s just after 7pm by the end of the month.
Things to Do
You’ll still be able to chill out on the beach in February, even though there’ll be the chance of rain. Try beautiful Calhau de Lapa or Porto Moniz. Temperatures are perfect for you to go hiking in the mountains or play a round of golf on a clear day. Surfing’s popular, while the Garajau Marine Reserve has amazing diving. Go over to the island of Porto Santo, enjoy Cabo Girão’s views or São Vicente’s volcanic caves, and end the day with a leisurely meal at one of Funchal’s lovely tavernas.