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Matosinhos Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Douro and Minho, Portugal)

Today's Matosinhos sea temperature is 14.7 °C.

Statistics for 02 Jul (1981–2005) – mean: 18.0 °C, range: 15.6 °C to 18.9 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feels like 21 °C) at Matosinhos, yet the sea remains several degrees colder than the air. Most 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)

(click thumbnails to expand)

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

Matosinhos 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.

Matosinhos sea water temperatures peak in the range 18 to 21°C (64 to 70°F) on around the 20th of August and are at their lowest on about the 24th of February, in the range 13 to 15°C (55 to 59°F). The highest Matosinhos sea water temperatures in mid to late August require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The lowest sea water temperatures at Matosinhos 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 Matosinhos 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 Matosinhos. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.