Discussion in 'Camino Portugues' started by Urban Trekker, Nov 30, 2013.
Change of plans. My travel companion can go in Sept. Anyone know what to expect weather wise.
The weather will be quite decent, the same as last year, but on different days!
Tsk, tsk @falcon269, the question was asked in the Camino Portugues thread, and you are sending him the climate data for Leon! The data for Porto is here.
Thanks dougfitz. Warm in Sept and wet in Oct.
It depends from the years. September could be hot, or it could be wet. It's mid season so you will never know really, but the data that @dougfitz shared could give you a bigger picture of what to expect.
@Diogo92, I cannot speak directly for @falcon269, but I suspect he has a similar view to me - asking for a weather forecast for many, or even just several, months time is rather pointless. While that might be a strict interpretation of many requests, I think it is a colloquial way of asking about the climatic conditions for a place rather than a weather forecast, and I suspect why @falcon269 provided a link to climate data, as do I normally in response to questions of this nature.
BTW, I do like the suggestion that in mead season, you could reach the point of never knowing what the weather is like, although how one would walk in that condition is not quite clear to me.
I am pretty sure that there will be morning drizzle on September 18, 2014.
I do understand that, but has you've said, the data could give you some idea of how the weather will be. For instance, for me, the weather in October this year was pretty much has the data that you have shown in here. The only difference that I might remember is that last year, we had heavy rain at the end of the month for at least one and a half week/two weeks, and this year we also had rain, but heavy and for about 3 days. So it's like, it was the same level of rain for what the Weather Institute say, but on different ways.
To walk in the mid season, you go prepared for both possibilities. That is what I do, and you don't need to carry a lot of extra equipment. A poncho or a rain jacket + pants it's enough, because you won't find a lot of low temperatures. I knew a guy once that only carried a 20L backpack. I asked him: "What about if it rains?" He told that when he thinks that he's going to catch rain, he adds his poncho, or a pair of rain pants, and light rain jacket. So, I think that with an extra 300g, you will be prepared to walk in the mid season.
I always recall a good piece of advice to travellers I heard many years ago - pack for the climate, then dress for the weather.
Never heard it, but I liked it
Tony, try this on for size:
Weather from Lisbon to Santiago, or Porto to Santiago, September and October (from my October and November experience, so I am only guessing...
Sunny and hot, with a maelstrom of flies not so wonderful to walk but walk on, MacDuff, walk on.
Rainy and windy, with a buffeting of Altuses
A few days:
Cloudy and warm, perfect for walking and a long cool drink of water
Some more days:
Cloudy and cool, perfect for walking and a hot cuppa café com leite before, during and/or after
A couple of days:
Clear and warm, perfect for walking with a good pair of RayBans
A couple other days:
Clear and cool, perfect for walking for kms and kms and kms and kms! (Not so perfect for those less-than-hardy types, such those who live below the 50° N latitude, hahaha!) (Yeah, I'm talking to you, guy from Majorca! )
I'll pack for May in Galicia Weather I think. A poncho and a Fleece. Thanks to you all. Urban T
Like you I am planning on walking from Porto in the Fall. Noting August is drier does anyone know what makes up the local calendar i.e. when do schools start or Summer season end. I would like to travel as soon as possible with less crowds at the beach. Thank you..... Willy
Excellent! That's likely to be the day I start! Thanks for the tip (wink)!
hello urban trekker,
weatherwise can be very unpredictable. this past september has been very hot in santiago de compostela with temperature in the 30-35 degree centigrade. the first rain of the season only arrived at the last couple of days in september. but always be ready to expect rain in galicia.
buen camino. god bless.
The records indicate that the September 2013 average was a couple of degrees above the average for a Santiago September, at just over 24degC. The highest maximum was 33degC, with only five other days over 29degC, the temperature some sources classify as 'hot'. The lowest maximum was 17degC, and the lowest minimum was 5degC.
Precipitation was recorded on 12 days in the month, pretty much on the average for September, but the amount that fell was about 30% lower than the average. Also, given the low readings early in the month, it might well have been drizzle or light rain.
Other than the lower precipitation, it would appear September last year was just a little warmer than average, but not outside the normal range of temperatures one might expect. Other than one cool day, most of the month would appear to have been comfortable or warm, with a few hot days at the start of the month and a couple later.
Paraphrasing what @falcon269 sometimes notes, the weather for September was pretty much the same last year as it has been in the past, and is likely to be next year, but just on different days.
I walked in Sep/Oct 2011 and we got a heat wave, only 1 day did I take the rain gear out of the bag. I had to improvise with "scarf" over my head like an "arab", get up earlier and finish before midday and generally being Irish suffered. My husband is Irish also but he loved it, shorts a T-shirt, all day, every day. That was camino frances, no let up in Galicia in Oct for walk in either..
In Galicia and nothern Portugal, in the first two weeks of September the weather is usually dry and warm (summer typical ). In the last two weeks, the probability of rain increases but the temperature remains warm. That situation continues in October with temperatures going down and rain up.
School usually starts between the second and third week of September. Weather goes like @Pelegrin metioned.
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