About Me

We moved out to Portugal to live a frugal but better , simpler and peaceful life, our house is a very basic, semi ruin, up in the hills outside Figueiro Dos Vinhos, where we work our land, enjoy life with each other and our dogs, and hope to make the smallest carbon footprint we can,

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Portugal Weather.

Hmmmm, well its still a tad on the wet side.... but having had a few discussions lately with would be guests for our cottage on the winters out here I thought I'd best clarify the situation on the weather out here.
This year has been exceptionally cold and wet, apparently its not unusual to have wet weather for weeks during the winter, which isnt as bad as it sounds as the temps are very mild, its generally been in the 50s when its raining. But this year we've had a few short but very cold spells, not cold as in UK type cold but enough to produce a few sleet and snow showers and to hurt my lemon tree.... but this is a exceptional year... its not like this every year, last year we had a very mild and dry winter till May, when we had a wet couple of weeks...
Generally its sunny, summer hot... whatever you want to call it from end of April thro' to end of Sept, then it gets sort of hit 'n' miss for a couple of weeks often with rain till it settles down to mild and sunny days with cold nights from late Oct till late Jan, then again its wetter till spring.
Snow in this area is so rare the locals rushed out with mobile phones to take pictures....
But we came to this area because it has seasons, we have variations of weather from howling gales to 10 mins later sunshine steaming the land dry.... its wonderful, it keeps the countryside green and beautiful and means growing veg here is easy....

So there ya have it.... yes Portugal does have a winter...

So Dad got off safe and sound, and by now should be back in Ireland, life at the Bou├ža is getting back to normal, I can soon start to think about working out a planting plan, Im so looking forward to the growing season, our friends Ruth and Dave kindly brought us some Jerusalem Artichoke tubers this week so I'm hoping for a let up in the rain to get them in the ground soon.