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Fontana water temperature
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Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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Fontana Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Cape-Verde – Sal)

Today's Fontana sea temperature is 28.0 °C.

Statistics for 20 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 26.5 °C, range: 25.7 °C to 27.3 °C

Sunny with warm air temperatures at Fontana today (feels like 24 °C once we account for wind), and warmer sea temperatures (28 °C). Wear boardshorts or a shorty, or perhaps a thin summer wetsuit to keep the UV off.

Cape Verde Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Cape Verde
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

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

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Fontana. 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.

Fontana 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.

Fontana sea water temperatures peak in the range 26 to 28°C (79 to 82°F) on around the 16th of September and are at their minimum on about the 10th of February, in the range 21 to 24°C (70 to 75°F). Year round warm sea water temperatures at Fontana climb to their warmest in the middle of September. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Fontana sea water temperatures are minimum in early to mid February. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up.

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