New Year’s Eve weather forecast – updated

Rain still forecast for Funchal

New Year's Eve weather forecast for Funchal from the BBCAll attention in Funchal turns to the weather forecast as New Year’s Eve approaches. The good news is that the poor weather that was originally forecast for News Year’s Eve  has been pushed slightly out by the BBC (their forecast for Funchal opposite), and rain is now forecast for New Year’s Day. What has been unusual has been the recent spell of sunny days on the south coast – very good by December standards, but the temperatures have dropped overnight.
The bad news is that Portuguese Weather Institute, IPMA, still has rain in their forecast (below) for Funchal on New Year’s Eve – there is a link to their website on the “Useful Links” tab above for up-to-date forecasts. The good news for travellers arriving over the next two days, and those out on the cruise ships for the firework display, is that Windguru does not predict any particularly strong winds or waves.

New Year's Eve weather forecast for Funchal from IPMA

30.12.18: 20.00: The BBC forecast has been revised as pointed out in “Comments” – new detailed forecast published at 20.00pm Sunday, which wasn’t available earlier. The forecast below starts Monday afternoon:

31.12.18: 08.00: The Diario’s website is leading with a prediction of cloudy skies today and possible light rain tonight.

14 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve weather forecast – updated”

  1. Yes looks like the heaviest of the rain is delayed until the ‘hardcore’ revellers are heading home for breakfast !!

    Nice breeze to shift the smoke but a ‘choppy’ sea might upset a few stomachs on the hundreds of small private boats venturing out !

    MarieV – I’ve used Youtube Madeira Wind Birds for live steaming in the past, but I see on Tobi’s blog some one is recommending for a live stream from the Aida cruise ships – if its from the AIDAnova which is due to be in the bay at midnight then it could be a spectacular panoramic view.

  2. I do hope the rain doesn’t come! A bit windy here in Edinburgh for the Hogmanay Street Party and Fireworks but hopefully all will go ahead.

    May I wish Peter and all who read and subscribe to the blog, all good wishes for 2019.

  3. Currently having to use the “Comments” section to update the latest news. Unfortunately, once again, it appears that a specific attack on the blog has been launched to coincide with a major news events. This apparently deliberate attack is aimed at overloading the resources of the blog (server memory, and number of input/outputs requests) at what should be the busiest time of the year for reporting on events in Madeira.
    Without being boring this means that a new post will crash the site completely and it will remain unreachable whilst technicians are on holiday over the New Year. However, hopefully, “Comments” will remain open and updates can be posted here in the meantime.

  4. Sorry to hear about your problems, but you will have got used to them by now. There was some rain in Funchal last night but it didn’t really impact on the fireworks, which were pretty impressive. It is bouncing this morning, so probably a good thing that most visitors will be having a lie in.

  5. Just a quick update this morning.

    The Diario reports that “it was a rainy day in Funchal, and the forecast was that it should continue through the night, but at last the weather subsided, and once again one of the world’s greatest firework displays took shape.”
    “Thousands of people, residents and tourists, attended the event that marked the entry in 2019, where a new record for the number of fireworks was set – 174,000, compared to 132,000 last year – a total of 26 tons. The display involved a team of 350 people
    The paper confirms that about 28,000 tourists travelled to the autonomous region for the year, which means a hotel occupancy rate of 89%, which does not include local accommodation. Ten cruise ships were also anchored at midnight in the port and off Funchal, carrying a total of 25,000 passengers and 9,000 crew members, according to official figures.


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