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Porto da Cruz water temperature
Porto da Cruz ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.4
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 2.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.7
Crowds: 3.8

Overall: 3.7

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Porto da Cruz Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Madeira, Portugal)

Today's Porto da Cruz sea temperature is 20.3 °C.

Statistics for 20 Nov (1981–2005) – mean: 20.8 °C, range: 19.4 °C to 22.1 °C

The water temperature (20 °C) at Porto da Cruz is warm and the air temperature should feel similar (windchill forecast 19 °C). If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a shorty or a summer wetsuit.

Portugal Sea Water Temperature

Map of current Portugal
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Portugal Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current Portugal
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Porto da Cruz. This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

Porto da Cruz Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on Surf-Forecast.com are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Porto da Cruz sea temperatures peak in the range 22 to 25°C (72 to 77°F) on around the 3rd of September and are at their lowest on about the 1st of March, in the range 17 to 19°C (63 to 66°F). Porto da Cruz sea temperatures are always warm reach their maximum at the start of September. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy. The lowest seasonal sea temperatures at Porto da Cruz at the beginning of March lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Porto da Cruz can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at Porto da Cruz. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.