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Climate and weather

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Despite the influence of the relatively cold Atlantic Ocean, the predominant climate type is Mediterranean. Cool, rainy winters are contrasted with hot, dry summers, with a clear difference between the north and the south. In the north, where the wind-facing mountain slopes receive 2,540 mm of rain annually, there is a clear rain shadow effect. In the whole of Portugal south of the Tagus falls less than 813 mm, and in the east of Algarve less than 406 mm. The winds are generally westerly and sea fog is common along the coast of the northern province of Minho. The contrast in temperature between the coast and inland is great. Along the coast, winter temperatures are between 10 and 12 °C (higher in the south) and inland between 4 and 7 ° C. On the coast, summer temperatures average 20-24 °C and in the northern interior 18 °C. The hottest month is August in the interior, temperatures can then rise to above 40 degrees.


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Champion,N / Portugal
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Dominicus, J / Portugal
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Keuning, T / Portugal
ANWB

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles

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