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Cavalos de Fao water temperature
Cavalos de Fao ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 3.1

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Cavalos de Fao Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Douro and Minho, Portugal)

Today's Cavalos de Fao sea temperature is 17.0 °C.

Statistics for 30 May (1981–2005) – mean: 16.4 °C, range: 14.8 °C to 17.9 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 22 °C once we account for wind), yet at 17 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Cavalos de Fao. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

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 Cavalos de Fao. 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.

Cavalos de Fao 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.

Cavalos de Fao water temperatures peak in the range 18 to 21°C (64 to 70°F) on around the 15th of August and are at their coldest on about the 24th of February, in the range 13 to 15°C (55 to 59°F). The warmest Cavalos de Fao water temperatures in mid August require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The coldest water temperatures at Cavalos de Fao in the fourth week of February are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Cavalos de Fao 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 Cavalos de Fao. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.