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Type: beach

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 19.3 °C

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Saturday, 19 January 2019, 04:27 Local time
Saturday 19
Wave (m) 0.8
Period (s) 15 14 14 14
Wind (km/h) 15
NNE 15
N 15
N 15
Wind State cross-

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Praia Formosa in Madeira is an exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf. Autumn and winter are the favoured times of year for waves. Ideal winds are from the northeast with some shelter here from southeast winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Watch out for rocks.

Azores Portugal wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Camara de Lobos, 2 km from Praia Formosa.

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Praia Formosa Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Funchal/Madeira Airport, 19 km from Praia Formosa.

light winds from the NW.(Wind varies from 260 to 020 degs)

Dry and partly cloudy
Air temperature
14 °C

Current weather near Praia Formosa

Buoy Data:

At Bóia de Caniçal, 14 miles from Praia Formosa.

  12AM 1AM 2AM 3AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 0.34
Dominant period (s) 10.2 12.5 11.7 12.5

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Overall Praia Formosa Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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  • The nearest passenger airport to Praia Formosa is Porto Santo Airport (PXO) in Madeira, which is 74 km (46 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to Praia Formosa is La Palma (Santa Cruz De La Palma) Airport (SPC) in Spain, 453 km (281 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Praia Formosa, Madeira. Use the tab navigation above to view Praia Formosa sea temperature, Praia Formosa photographs, Praia Formosa detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Praia Formosa webcams, current wind from Madeira live weather stations and Praia Formosa tide predictions. The Portugal swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Portugal and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from Portugal wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Praia Formosa.