the 'rainy season' when up to 3,000mm (120in) can fall in the north-west
of the island, and only 550mm (21in) in the south, heavy downpours only
occur occasionally and it will not be long before the sun reemerges.
average, rain falls on forty-eight days of the year, ten of which are
in November and about five each in the other winter months with the
remaining rainy days shared out fairly evenly, although July and August
are usually the driest months. Often misty clouds surround the island
and the higher regions and even at midday clouds shroud the mountain
peaks. In summer, the leste, a hot, dry wind, blows over Madeira
from the Sahara for one, three or five days. February is the coolest
month with average temperatures of 15ºC (59ºF), while visitors in August
and September can expect temperatures of around 22ºC (71ºF). Temperatures
rarely exceed 30ºC (86ºF). Sea water temperatures hover around 18ºC
(64ºF) with lows in winter of 16ºC (60ºF) and highs in summer of 22ºC
The Tourist Office in Funchal has daily weather reports.