Spring 2016 “wettest in 15 years”

This spring has been declared the “rainiest” in the last 15 years by Portugal’s Sea and Atmosphere Institute (IPMA). It was also the 14th wettest since 1931.

In its weather bulletin for the season, the institute said the average amount of rainfall was 164% higher than the average, reaching 346.4 millimetres between March and May (the months IPMA analyses in its spring bulletin).

The highest amount of rainfall was registered in Cabril, Montalegre (787.5mm) while the lowest was in Sagres in the Algarve (128.4mm).

Data also shows that this spring was colder than usual.

The average temperatures were highest in Faro and Castro Marim in the Algarve (16.1ºC), while they were lowest in Penhas Douradas in Guarda (6.7ºC).

IPMA also named March as the coldest month in the last 31 years, while April and May were considered “extremely rainy”.

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