Live webcams on the island are available from a number of sources
The first currently streams live on YouTube from São Roque, high above Funchal, with panoramic views all around the city.
There used to be a lot more live feeds here, but they were using a lot of resources and slowing the website down. We have replaced these below with direct links to specialist websites.
Most prolific of these is Portal NetMadeira, which as at August 2018 had the following locations:
The webcams above – which are updated real-time – can sometimes reflect the wonderful temperate climate of Madeira, as sunny days are seen throughout the island. On other occasions the webcams can illustrate the diversity of micro-climates found on the island, where sunshine in Funchal can be partnered with clouds on the north coast ( see the Sao Jorge webcam) and rain in the high mountains (Pico do Ariero and Eira do Serrado webcams). 50% of the island is above 700 metres ( just short of 2300 feet) which gives rise to various micro-climates within a micro-climate. The tall central mountains of the island shoulder the Atlantic winds from the southern lowlands around Funchal and keep the clouds at bay – thus allowing the capital to enjoy more sunshine and lighter winds. The south-western parts of the island are thought to be sunnier still but suffer more from sea winds. You can expect the high central regions of Madeira to be often covered in cool mist during the morning. The northern parts of the island which don’t benefit from any sheltering (Poto Moniz and Sao Jorge webcams) are fully exposed to the Atlantic winds and experience higher rainfall, sometimes twice that of Madeira’s average rainfall. The prevailing north-easterly winds bring with them clouds which sit between 700m and 1000m above sea level. As they travel across the Atlantic they pick up moisture until they eventually hit the northern slopes of Madeira. They then rise up the slopes, cooling and condensing as they go – causing cloud high levels of rainfall in the high central areas (Pico do Areiro and Eira do Serrado webcams).
There is a live webcam from Funchal Marina here and another good one located at the Ritz cafe in the centre of Funchal here. The latter is very close Teatro Baltazar Dias and covers Avenida Arriaga from east to west looking across at the Municipal Gardens