Lisbon Weather in December

Lisbon Weather in December

This post is an overview of the Lisbon weather in December, including temperatures and rain forecasts, as well as things to do.




HOW HOT OR COLD IS LISBON DURING DECEMBER?

The days are cool and the nights tend to be cold in Lisbon during December, however, the temperature has never fallen below freezing this month.

Afternoon high temperatures tend to be near 16 C ( about 61 F) early in the month falling to about 14 C (57-58 F) by New Years Eve.

A few of the warmer afternoons, early in December can reach 19 C (66 F). 

 

Average Temperatures in Lisbon in December 

The record high temperature in Lisbon during December was 23.2 C (73.8 F).

Late night and early morning low temperatures tend to be near 10 C (50 F) early in the month, falling to near 9 C (about 48 F).

A few of the colder mornings can see temperatures dipping down to 4 C – 5 C ( about 40 F).

The record low temperature recorded in Lisbon during December is 2.4 C (36.3 F).


HOW MUCH SUN AND RAIN?

About 16 days, on average, will be sunny or at least partly sunny skies.

Some rain falls on about 15 days, however, only 8-9 days will record at least 1 mm (.04 inches), and only about 4 days record at least 10 mm (0.4 inches) or more.

 

Weather Calendar Lisbon December

 

You can expect about 9.5 hours of daylight this month still should be adequate to explore the city. 

December can be a bit windy in Lisbon ranging from gentle (12-19 kph/8-12 mph) to moderate (20-28 kph/13-18 mph) but occasionally can be fresh (29-38 kph/19-24mph) with higher gusts.


WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Best to dress for Autumn including at least one medium-weight jacket or coat and a couple of sweaters.

A scarf & hat and perhaps a pair of gloves might come in handy on those colder and windy days.

If a chilly morning tour warrants gloves, be sure to get ones that have touchscreen capabilities so you can still take photos on your phone.

We use these from Agloves because they have gripper dots on the palm to help hold things!

gloves for december in lisbon 

Wear sensible shoes as the cobblestone streets can be slippery when wet.

An umbrella will also come in handy during those wet days. We recommend a pocket umbrella, like this one.

pocket umbrella for december in lisbon


WHAT TO DO IN LISBON IN DECEMBER

With moderate weather, most of the year-round activities can be enjoyed in December. Some things to do this month are:

Find out about the best things to do in Lisbon at any time of year.


TIP: Many of the museums, tours, and historic locations one can visit this month are included with at least one Lisbon tourist attraction discount pass which can save you anywhere from 20% – 40% off general admission prices on average.
 

Lisbon Weather in November

What’s the Weather in Lisbon in November

This post is an overview of the Lisbon weather in November, including temperatures and rain forecasts, as well as things to do.




HOW HOT OR COLD IS LISBON DURING NOVEMBER?

The weather during November in Lisbon tends to have chilly nights and mornings with cool to comfortable afternoons.

Daytime high temperatures tend to be near 19 C-20 C (mid to upper 60s F) early in the month falling to near 16 C (low 60s F) near the end of the month.

A few of the warmer afternoons, early in November, can at times, reach up near 23 C (mid-70s F).

 Average Temperatures in Lisbon in November

 

The record high temperature recorded during November in Lisbon is 25.6C (78.1 F).

Late night and early morning low temperatures tend to be chilly, averaging near 13 C (mid- 50s F) early in the month falling to 10 C-11 C (near 50 F) by month’s end.

A few of the colder mornings, especially later in the month, can dip down near 6 C -7 C (mid-40s F).

The record low temperature during November in Lisbon is 3.9 C (39.0 F).


HOW MUCH SUN AND RAIN?

During November, you can expect about 16 days, on average, featuring sunny, or at least partly sunny skies.

About 12 days this month will see some rain, however, only about 8 days will record at least 1 mm (.04 inches), and only 3-4 days reporting at least 10 mm (0.4 inches) or more rain.

 

Weather Calendar Lisbon September

 

Daylight hours decrease during November from about 10.5 hours on the 1st down to 9.7 hours by the 30th.

Wind conditions are mostly gentle at 12-19 kph (8-12 mph) but occasionally can be moderate at 20-28 kph (13-18 mph) with higher gusts.


WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Cooler Fall weather prevails this month so a good choice would be jeans or long pants along with some warmer Autumn attire including a light to medium weight jacket and a couple of sweaters.

Wear sensible shoes as the cobblestone streets can be slippery when wet. An umbrella will also come in handy during those wet days.

We suggest a windbreaker from Columbia because it’s breathable and will work even on warmer days. It also has a packable hood!

 

A travel scarf is multi-use and good to layer when temperatures fluctuate.


WHAT TO DO IN LISBON IN NOVEMBER

With moderate weather, most of the year-round activities can be enjoyed in November.

Some things to do this month are:

Find out about the best things to do in Lisbon any time of year.

TIP: Many of the museums, tours, and historic locations one can visit this month are included with at least one Lisbon tourist attraction discount pass which can save you anywhere from 20% – 40% off general admission prices on average.

Free Walking Tours and Things to Do in Alfama

Things to See and Do in Alfama

Alfama is one of Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods. It sits on a hill overlooking the Tagus River and is characterized by mazes of steep, narrow streets.

You’ll find beautiful, brightly colored residences, as well as churches, and plenty of terraces and viewpoints from which to see the city centre. Read more »

Free Walking Tours Lisbon

Free Walking Tours of Lisbon

Lisbon has a fascinating and unique history spanning more than 3,000 years. Visitors and locals are drawn to the culinary scene, beautiful vistas, and architectural gems.

Plus, the seven hills, narrow streets, and colorful houses make it the perfect city to discover on foot.

There are essentially 5 types of free Lisbon tours and this post will explain what you will see, tour start times, and other important information. Read more »

Where to Stay in Lisbon

Where to Stay in Lisbon

This post will help you pick the best neighbourhood to stay in while you’re visiting Lisbon. 

We’ll cover a wide range of areas that are well known for their sightseeing, entertainment, nightlife, food, shopping and/or family-friendly activities. Read more »

Lisbon Weather in October

Lisbon Weather in October

This post is an overview of the Lisbon weather in October, including temperatures and rain forecasts, as well as things to do.

  

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Lisbon Weather in September

What’s the Weather like in Lisbon in September?

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Lisbon Audio Tours

We are proud to offer our newest, affordable sightseeing option – AUDIO TOURS. Can’t make one of the guided Lisbon walking tours? No problem. 

We have partnered with Atlantis Audio Tours to provide you with a convenient way to experience our tours.

Each tour offers an off-line option to view the map and hear the audio of each walk so that you don’t need to have GPS maps running with the app.

 


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Here is how it works:

  1. Download our free walking tour app on (iTunes) or (Android).
  2. Download any audio tour(s).
  3. Enjoy the tour(s).

Even if you don’t download any tours, you will still have access to valuable information on sightseeing, eating and playing in Lisbon.

Listen to a sample of our Lisbon City Center Tour.


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  • Lisbon City Center

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Lisbon Travel Guide

Get your Lisbon travel tips with the help of Free Tours by Foot. Our local experts have written everything you need to know about what to do and see in Lisbon.

If you just don’t know where to start, visit our main post.

But if you want to explore specifics, you can find all our travel advice and trip hacks here:

Lisbon Travel Guide


Things To Do By Month

There is a lot you can do in Lisbon, depending on when you are visiting or what your interests are; we have our top 10 activities in Lisbon.

For a more detailed guide, read our full blog post, Top Things To Do in Lisbon.

  1. Go a Sightseeing Tour
  2. See a Fado Show
  3. Take a day trip to Belem or Sintra
  4. Explore Alfama
  5. Visit the São Jorge Castle
  6. Discover Bairro Alto & Chiado
  7. Taste some local Food and enjoy wine
  8. Visit the Pilar7 Bridge Experience
  9. Take a cruise down the Tagus
  10. Visit the Mafra Palace

You can also read our full blog posts on:

When to visit Lisbon?

The best time to visit Lisbon is whenever you can get here!

Lisbon is a popular summer destination, so if you want to take advantage of a few warm days to explore the beach but still avoid some crowds and peak rates, try to come between March and May or September to October.

Use our monthly guide of things to do:

 


Bus, Boat, Bike, Walking Tours

There are a number of ways to explore Lisbon. You can see a lot of the main attractions in various ways.

 

 

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Public Transport & How to Get Around

Public transportation in Lisbon is quite handy, and even if you don’t think you’ll need it, chances are that when you see the daunting hills of this city you might change your mind.

Buses are the most common way to get around the city (and the cheapest), but honestly you can walk to a lot of places. Avoid taxis and use the metro from the airport to your accommodation in the city as this will also save you a couple of bucks (the taxi fare is approximately €10, public transportation €2 and ride share options like Uber start at about €5). If you rent a car and have to park, look for free street parking on the side streets (although this can sometimes be a challenge in Lisbon). 

The trams of Lisbon are well known for providing the best routes for sightseeing, most notably Tram 28E.

 

Historic Remodelado Tram 28

Tram 28

If you’re just trying to avoid the steepest hills, funiculars may be your best bet. 

There are 3 funiculars in Lisbon, and they are designed specifically to ascend the most difficult hills in the city.

 

 

Gloria Funicular

 

In addition to these options, you may also want to consider the metro. However, unlike in other cities, the metro in Lisbon isn’t quite as good for tourists as it is for locals.

There are also hundreds of bus lines you can use, but with so many different routes to go through, you might want to use an app like Google Maps to navigate your trip.

It’s worth keeping in mind that both the bus and metro make stops at the airport, which means you can use either of them as an affordable transfer to the city centre.

 


Discounts

Lisbon is not an expensive city but there is always an opportunity to save.

It is cheaper to drink/eat at stalls or standing than sitting down at a cafe

Eating on the go is the best way to spare your budget in Lisbon. Try the prego (beef sandwich) or the bifana (pork sandwich).

You can find them at local cafes for just 5 EUR. You can also shop at a grocery store and plan for a nice picnic at one of the local parks or waterfront.

For a nicer sit-down dinner, avoid the touristy areas, as they are usually more expensive and the quality is not always to pare.

When eating out you’ll often also be offered bread and olives/carrots. They will be brought to your table before your meal casually. These aren’t free, so politely decline the offer if you’re not interested in paying for them.

These usually come with bread (also paid; you can also decline). You can also ask for tap water.

If you don’t, they will bring you a bottle (and if you want ice, you also have to ask for it; the locals never really have their beverage with ice).

A Lisbon transit pass is a great option because it included rail, bus, tram, and train to Belem and Sintra plus the funiculars.

That was a good deal and you don’t have to worry about having bus/tram coins.

We have a few blog posts on discounts and free things to do:


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3 Days in Lisbon

3 Days In Lisbon Itinerary

When you only have 3 days in Lisbon, you’ll want to see as much as you can without burning yourself out. 

Below is a three-day itinerary that should give you as much of a cross-section of the city as possible, while allowing you to enjoy the experience. 



About Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and its largest city, home to over half a million people. 

You’ll find colorful neighborhoods full of street art and lined with azulejos, Michelin starred restaurants, trams that trundle up and down cobble-stoned streets, seven hills with views to-die-for.

 

Views from Elevador Santa Justa

 

It’s a relaxed and generally safe city, and what is basically a small town with a cosmopolitan vibe. 

Despite its history of wars, invasions, rebellions, crusades, earthquakes, and tsunamis, it stands proudly today as a warm and lively redeveloped city, one ready to welcome tourists.

You’ll want to read our post on public transportation and on discount passes.

Then pop on some comfortable walking shoes because this city was is easy to explore on foot.

 

3 days in Lisbon Itinerary

 


Day 1

Explore Barrio Alto & Chiado in the Morning

This morning you’ll want to follow our Barrio Alto and Chiado walking tour route, which also comes in a GPS-led audio tour format.

The Bairro Alto is an unofficial district of Lisbon made up of a series of quaint streets on a steep hill.

Words like bohemian and colorful are often used to describe it.

 

Barrio Alto and Chiado Map

 

Today the streets tend to be quiet during the day and come alive at night with restaurants, bars, late-night-shops, and Fado houses bringing a festive spirit to her streets.

Chiado is first and foremost a shopping district. 

And like it’s next-door neighbor, Barrio-Alto, Chiado also has a lively nightlife, including high-end theatre and opera. 

 

Chiado Lisbon

 

Sites to visit include

  • Elevador da Bica
  • Praça Luís de Camões,
  • Chafariz do Carmo
  • Carmo Convent
  • Elevador de Santa Justa 
  • Igreja de São Roque
  • Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

Stop for Lunch

There are a number of restaurants near the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara worth visiting. 

As expected, considering Lisbon’s proximity to the ocean, there are many seafood options as well as offerings of traditional Portuguese foods.  

 

 

Only a minute’s walk away from the end of the route is Mercado Simply Portuguese. See them for generous portions and well-reviewed foods. 

Or give Lumi Rooftop Restaurant & Bar a visit, both for their tasty Portuguese & Mediterranian offerings and for their terrace with an incredible view. 

Or visit La Paparrucha, a well-reviewed steakhouse with both ambiance and a view.


Explore Baixa in the Afternoon

For your afternoon tour, you’ll want to visit our post on the Baixa neighborhood, where you can find a helpful self-guided tour. 

This neighborhood lies within the heart of Lisbon. 

 

Praça do Comércio

 

If you are taking our GPS-led audio tour of Bairro Alto/Chiado and Baixa, the route in the self-guided tour linked above is in the reverse order.

It’s made up of a series of squares and classical avenues, home to a number of restaurants, cafes, tourist-friendly shops, art galleries, museums, and pedestrianized streets. 

 

Gloria Funicular

 

After lunch, hop on the Gloria Funicular and ride down to the first stop.

Sites to visit include:

  • Teatro Eden
  • Monumento aos Restauradores
  • The Estação do Rossio
  • A Ginjinha
  • Igreja de São Domingos + Largo Sao Domingoes
  • Praça da Figueira
  • Praça Dom Pedro IV
  • Elevador de Santa Justa 
  • Igreja de São Nicolau
  • Rua Augusta
  • Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros
  • Arco da Rua Augusta
  • Lisboa Story Centre
  • Praça do Comércio
  • Cais Das Colunas 


Stop for Dinner

As you’ve by now put in a full day of walking, this the perfect time to relax with a bit of food and perhaps some entertainment.

A 2-minute walk from the Cais Das Colunas is Martinho da Arcada. Here you’ll find a wonderfully atmospheric restaurant with local cuisines and wines.  

 

Martinho da Arcada

 

A little further on is da Prata 52 which serves authentic traditional cuisine with a progressive edge.  

Or, if you’d like to experience Fado with your food, try Parreirinha de Alfama, about a 15-minute walk from Cais das Colunas. 

Here you’ll find traditional Portuguese home-style food, while musicians and some of the best fadistas in the city perform as you eat.


Baixa Nightlife 

There aren’t many Fado shows in the Baixa area, but if you wander back to Barrio Alto you’ll find a number of options geared towards tourists. (The best quality ones are in Alfama).  

There is also an endless number of bars, from artsy-styled people-watching ones to ones with walls of bric-a-brac, to jazz clubs, to traditional English style pubs, to locations that mostly locals enjoy. 


Day 2

Explore Campo de Ourique and Estrella in the Morning

Campo Ourique, one of Lisbon’s most expensive neighborhoods while Estrela is a leafy and less hilly part of the city.

Take Tram 28 (or Tram 25 if 28 is too crowded) from your stop all the way to the end Campo Ourique (Prazeres), right outside of Cemiterio dos Prazeres.

 

Prazeres Cemetery

 

This is the final resting place for many famous Portuguese. In the morning it tends to be quiet.  

Here you can wander amongst massive cedar trees, past cats sleeping in the sun, amongst the mausoleums and statues, all of it atop a hill overlooking the city.  

There are cafes and restaurants nearby if you want to stop in for a quick breakfast.

Once you’re done, hop back on Tram 28 or 25, heading back towards the direction you started. 

You’ll want to get off at Estrella (Basilica and Jardim Estrela), just four stops back down the line.

 

 

The ornate Basílica da Estrela (also known as The Royal Basilica and Convent of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus) was built by Queen Maria 1.  

She’d sworn to build the most impressive church in Lisbon if she bore a healthy male heir.

It was completed in 1790 in the baroque style, with different colors of marble and stone decorating the floors and walls inside, and a towering belled dome on the outside.  

For €4 one can climb many steps to the roof terrace for a stunning view of the city and the castle.  

Across from the cathedral is Jardim da Estrela, an English-style garden full of songbirds, exotic plants, and trees.

 

Jardim da Estrela

 

The urban park in the middle of a residential neighborhood, was first planted in 1842. 

There’s always something to be found in bloom as you wind your way along the paths, past a pond, a kids play area, a cafe, and if you’re lucky some local geese. 

It’s the perfect place to relax away from tourist crowds.

Stop for Lunch

If you’re ready to stop for lunch there are a few options in the neighborhood. 

Minha Anita is a close walk from the park. Here you’ll find homemade and inexpensive foods, made by family members, in a spot frequented by locals. 

Also nearby is A Loja do Sr. Rocha. What used to be a grocery store has evolved into a well-reviewed cafe/mini-market. 

 

 
This is the place to find delicious cakes, croissants, and Pastel de Nata. 

Also a short walk away is Bota Sal, known for its seafood, friendly atmosphere, and good service. Their white sangria receives raves. 


Explore Alfama In the Afternoon

Before you head out into Alfama, you’ll want to check out our post on the Alfama neighborhood

We have a suggested route to walk to help you discover this area.

 

 

After lunch, hop onto Tram 28 and ride it to Graca/Miradoura Da Graca. This is one of the best places in which to view central Lisbon.  

Then move on and see what other options Alfama has to offer.

 

Historic Remodelado Tram 28

 

Sites to visit include:

  • Church of São Vicente of Fora
  • Campo de Santa Clara
  • National Pantheon
  • Amália Rodrigues Mural
  • Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva
  • Miraduoro das Portas do Sol
  • Miraduoro de Santa Luzia
  • St. George’s Castle
  • Igreja de São Miguel
  • Museu de Lisboa – Teatro Romano
  • Lisbon Cathedral (Sé Cathedral)
  • Museum of Resistance and Liberation (Cadeia do Aljube)
  • Igreja de Santo António de Lisboa
  • Lisbon Army Museum
  • Museum of Fado


Stop for Dinner

After another day of exploring is done, it’s time to taste the best of Alfama. 

Restaurante Farol de Santa Luzia, across from Miradoura de Santa Luzia, gets high marks for their selection of meats and fishes, wine list (sold by the bottle), and their warm and engaging service. 

 

 

Canto da Vila, close to Lisbon Cathedral, is a hidden gem. 

Wonderful aromas pull you in where you’ll find Saltimbocca de Frango, beetroot risotto, passionfruit mousse, and much more. Don’t forget to ask them about their green wine.  

Or give Casa da Tia Helena a try. This unassuming little place gets raves for their service and home-cooked Portuguese food. 

It’s a lovely spot to sit outside while you enjoy grilled sardines and octopus salad and share a bottle of wine. Highly recommended.


Alfama Nightlife 

On the whole, Alfama is much more laid back than other more touristy areas, especially close to the castle. 

Here you’ll find several quality fado houses ( Sr. Fado de Alfama and A Baiuca), as well as spots offering jazz (Hot Clube de Portugal) and classical music.

There are wine bars, restaurants that serve as art galleries, a former bakery turned live music venue, and one of the most refined spirits bars in the city. 


Day 3

Explore Belem in the Morning

Today you’ll explore the Belem district, one of Lisbon’s most historic neighborhoods.  You could easily spend an entire day here. 

For more detail on these sites, visit our post on the Belem neighborhood

 

Things to Do in Belem

 

Take Tram 15E from either Praca da Figueira, Comercio Square, or Cais do Sodra for around half an hour towards Alges, getting off outside the Mosteiro Dos Jeronimos.

Or you could take the Linha de Cascais from Cais do Sodra, where it starts, towards Alges (12 minutes). You’ll arrive at the Belem stop, on the east side of the park. 

 

Belém Lighthouse

 

Head to your first stop, Garden of Alfonso de Albuquerque, gardens created in honor of the former Portuguese Vice-King of India. 

Sites to visit include

  • National Coach Museum
  • Belém Palace
  • Pastéis de Belém
  • Tropical Botanical Garden
  • Hieronymites Monastery (Jerónimos Monastery)
  • Museu de Marinha
  • Planetario Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Centro Cultural de Belém
  • Padrão dos Descobrimentos
  • Museu de Arte Popular
  • Belém Lighthouse
  • Monument Gago Coutinho e Sacadura Cabral
  • Belém Tower


Stop for Lunch

A 6-minute walk from Belem Tower is O Recanto, a cozy place hidden just off of the main street. 

Sibling owners serve simple, hearty, traditional dishes, such as Salmon steak, shrimp salad with pesto and avocado, and Bacalhau a lagareiro at inexpensive prices. 

 

 

Restaurante Anfora is just down the street in the hotel Palacio do Goverdador, a little higher end in both menu and price in lovely surroundings. 

You might give Descobre, known for its innovative cuisine, a try. Charming and knowledgeable staff will offer a wide choice of fish, purees, tapas, and wine. 


Return to Baixa

From Mosteiro Dos Jeronimos, you can return to Baixa by Tram, from Jeronimos Monastery to the Calvario stop on Tram 15E, about a 13-minute trip.

Or, if you’re up for something different and not quite ready to return, walk through the park, along Praca do Imperio, to Doca de Belem (Belem Dock), located next to the impressive Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument.  

 

 

Here you’ll find a number of boat tour companies, ones that will take you out on the Tagus and along the shore of Lisbon.

Perhaps a 2-hour private day sailing trip (or if you happen to be in the area later in the evening a sailing trip by night) would fit the bill.

Or, if you purchase a hop-on-hop-off boat ticket, you can get off at any stop along the way. 

After you’re done, walk back to the Jeronimos Monastery tram stop and head toward Calvario.


Visit LX Factory

After a lazy lunch and ride on the river, a good place to stroll about in the LX Factory

 

 

This complex houses an array of quaint restaurants and artsy retailers, more in the way of a Sunday market than a modern mall. 

Located inside an abandoned industrial site, you’ll find an amazing book shop (formerly an old press shop), a tattoo shop, open-air cafes, galleries, live music, creative wall murals, and artisanal shops. 


Stop for Dinner

If you haven’t filled up on the delicious foods to be found at LX Factory, you’ll want to stop for dinner.

For dinner with a view of the Tagus, stop by the Brazillian themed Rio Maravilha, where sharing food amongst the others at your table is suggested.  

 

 

H/T: Take a peek out on the terrace with its female version of Christ the Redeemer, facing the real one across the river. Reservations are suggested.  

Within about a 3-minute walk is O Mercado, the place for lovers of grilled fresh fish and excellent desserts. Although perhaps lacking in charming decor, it’s a local favorite. 

Or try Solar Dos Nunes, known for its caldo de cação (fish soup). Served on arrival is a starter of jamon, octopus, and goats cheese. 

Informal and traditional, you’ll find the ambiance you’re looking for and helpful staff.


Alcântara Nightlife

The area in which LX Factory is located is called Alcântara, the parts of which are quite fashionable and other’s still up and coming. 

You’ll find clubs and cafes in former port warehouses as Alcântara is a waterfront district, on the docks, under a bridge.  

As with other parts of the city, there is fado, but there is also a blues cafe serving Cajun food, dance clubs with theme nights, clubs playing African-house music, an open-air bar surrounded by shipping containers, and buses, and more.

At the end of your three days in Lisbon, you may find yourself thinking, as many do, that Lisbon is one of the best destinations in Europe.

You’ll have had a chance to visit not only her main tourist attractions, giving you a look into Lisbon’s fascinating and dramatic history, but you’ll have experienced her culture through food, music, and walks through her colorful neighborhoods.

 


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