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Praia da Rocha Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(The Algarve, Portugal)

Today's Praia da Rocha sea temperature is 14.7 °C.

Statistics for 05 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 16.0 °C, range: 15.0 °C to 16.9 °C

The water temperature (14 °C) at Praia da Rocha is quite cool. If the sun shines as we have forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good spring wetsuit. Effective windchill factor of (15 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

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 Praia da Rocha. 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.

Praia da Rocha 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.

Praia da Rocha sea water temperatures peak in the range 20 to 23°C (68 to 73°F) on around the 13th of August and are at their lowest on about the 1st of March, in the range 15 to 16°C (59 to 61°F). Praia da Rocha sea water temperatures are warmest in the third week of August. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The lowest seasonal sea water temperatures at Praia da Rocha at the beginning of 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 Praia da Rocha 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 Praia da Rocha. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.