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Terceira - Contendas water temperature
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Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Terceira – Contendas Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(The Azores, Portugal)

Today's Terceira - Contendas sea temperature is 20.5 °C.

Statistics for 14 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 21.0 °C, range: 19.4 °C to 22.8 °C

The water temperature (20 °C) at Terceira - Contendas is warm and the air temperature should feel similar (windchill forecast 17 °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 Terceira - Contendas. 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.

Terceira - Contendas 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.

Terceira - Contendas sea temperatures peak in the range 22 to 24°C (72 to 75°F) on around the 14th of August and are at their minimum on about the 9th of March, in the range 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F). Terceira - Contendas sea 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 minimum seasonal sea temperatures at Terceira - Contendas in early to mid 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 Terceira - Contendas 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 Terceira - Contendas. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.