Winters in the highlands can get as cold as 35-40° F (2-4° C) at elevation, but
the coasts rarely fall below 45° F (7° C) at night with daily highs remaining at
about 60° F (16° C). Only the high mountains receive snow, but in these places the
snow can remain for a couple months.
Springs and falls (autumns) again vary based on elevation, but generally remain
on the warm and temperate side, with some regions, particularly in the north getting
significant amounts of rainfall.
Portugal has a number of mammal species, both large and
small; the goat, pig, and deer are common while smaller animals, such as the fox
and rabbit can also be found. Fish life is also common, including shellfish and
sardines, both of which are common just off the coast in the Atlantic Ocean.
Like neighboring Spain, the bird variety that lives in or
pass through Portugal is incredible as birds fly along
the Atlantic Coast and regularly stop or settle in the country depending on the