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Faial – Praia do Norte Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(The Azores, Portugal)

Today's Faial - Praia do Norte sea temperature is 17.3 °C.

Statistics for 17 May (1981–2005) – mean: 17.5 °C, range: 16.3 °C to 19.1 °C

The Faial - Praia do Norte water temperature is reasonably warm (17 °C) but the air temperature will feel a few degrees cooler (13 °C). A good quality spring wetsuit would be ideal.

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 Faial - Praia do Norte. 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.

Faial - Praia do Norte 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.

Faial - Praia do Norte sea temperatures peak in the range 22 to 25°C (72 to 77°F) on around the 14th of August and are at their coldest on about the 21st of February, in the range 15 to 17°C (59 to 63°F). Faial - Praia do Norte sea temperatures are always warm reach their maximum in mid August. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy. The coldest seasonal sea temperatures at Faial - Praia do Norte in mid to late February 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 Faial - Praia do Norte 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 Faial - Praia do Norte. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.