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

Overall: 3.2

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Acids Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Illawarra, Australia)

Today's Acids sea temperature is 15.4 °C.

Statistics for 21 Sep (1981–2005) – mean: 17.7 °C, range: 16.4 °C to 19.8 °C

The water temperature (15 °C) at Acids 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 (18 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

Australia Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Australia
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 Acids. 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.

Acids 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.

Acids sea temperatures peak in the range 22 to 25°C (72 to 77°F) on around the 29th of January and are at their lowest on about the 18th of July, in the range 15 to 19°C (59 to 66°F). Acids sea temperatures are always warm reach their warmest in late January. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy. The lowest seasonal sea temperatures at Acids in the third week of July 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 Acids 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 Acids. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.