July 2009 Douro Insider

It was extremely sticky right at the start of the month and really rather uncomfortable, but there was no hint of rain to bring relief. On the contrary, it was very sunny to begin with. After a few days it cooled slightly but there was still no sign of clouds – not in the Douro at least, although the second week was somewhat unsettled in Porto. It remained cool, sunny and humid inland and up the river, and things continued in this uninspired vein for some time. It was surprisingly not very hot for July in the Douro, and by mid-month there were even quite a few clouds around, unusually. On the face of it, it appeared to be typically unpleasant, sultry, oídio weather – although fortunately none was forthcoming. Full Report

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