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San Miguel – Areias Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(The Azores, Portugal)

Today's San Miguel - Areias sea temperature is 18.3 °C.

Statistics for 25 May (1981–2005) – mean: 18.3 °C, range: 16.9 °C to 20.6 °C

The water temperature (18 °C) at San Miguel - Areias is relatively warm. If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a summer wetsuit. Effective air temperature of 18 °C.

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 San Miguel - Areias. 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.

San Miguel - Areias Water Temperature Graph

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

San Miguel - Areias water temperatures peak in the range 22 to 25°C (72 to 77°F) on around the 14th of August and are at their lowest on about the 28th of February, in the range 15 to 17°C (59 to 63°F). San Miguel - Areias water temperatures are always warm reach their warmest in mid August. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy. The lowest seasonal water temperatures at San Miguel - Areias in the fourth week of February 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 San Miguel - Areias 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 San Miguel - Areias. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.