How hot does it get in Funchal in the first half of July, and is it easy finding somewhere to stay witih airconditioning/fans?
Is it also very crowded and touristy at that time?
You can expect temperatures of around 24/25C but you never know with Madeira. We once went in June and expected temps just below those figures but one day they reached over 30C. It also depends on which part of Madeira as weather can vary from place to place.
Most decent hotels will have aircon.
As to being crowded or touristy, it depends on how you define those terms. It's certainly not like Benidorm or Ibitha and I've never seen Madeira as being "crowded", but it can be busy at any time of the year, which is not a bad thing.
Thanks. I realize that it's on the Internet, but then was told by someone that temperatures don't go above 30C, which made me wonder whether the highest temperature of 25C on such sites is reliable. One of us cannot stand high temperatures.
No one can say with confidence that temps will not reach 30+, even in July. Last year from mid June, the sun was daily, wall to wall, for several months, temps went to mid 30's at times. There is no garauntee that this year will be the same. Madeira rarely has the same weather monthly, year on year. Being a volcanic microclimatic Island, weather is unpredictable beyond a couple of days, and oftens even that timespan is unreliable. Averages are basically adding up a group of figures and dividing, it, averages are averages, nothing set in rock.
Thanks to everyone who wrote back. We shall have to rethink our plans. Are temperatures in April usually lower, i.e. no higher than 25 degrees C?
We found the weather to be perfect. Mid 20s and wall to wall sunshine. Not too humid - perfect!
Re post 5, you can expect temperatures around 19-21C in April. Usual caveat on averages. For example, average for January is around 19C but on our visit a couple of weeks back it reached 21C for the first two days and then slumped dramatically to below average.
As long as it doesn't usually go much above 25 in April, I think we'd be all right. Thank you.
I think you will be fine in April .We have had temperatures in the 30 's in September ,far too hot for us , but early May was much more bearable .I think April will be similar .