May 2009 Douro Insider

The sunny weather and rallying temperatures that brought a last minute burst of good weather right at the end of April continued a little way into May, although not very far. There was indeed a fine and hot start to the month but, once again, this was in part brought on by a very dehydrating vento soão (easterly wind). This meant more bad news for the vines but it was mercifully short-lived. Then after the first week was over the pattern changed more towards the unsettled with some promising clouds appearing in the skies. Unfortunately they delivered very little, perhaps one or two relatively light showers, but at least temperatures were noticeably cool at night and early in the mornings. By mid-month things became windier again, but by this stage it was predominantly from the western quadrant which is the more usual source of prevailing weather. Full Report

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