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Amanzimtoti water temperature
Amanzimtoti ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.9

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Amanzimtoti Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Durban/KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, South Africa)

Today's Amanzimtoti sea temperature is 22.4 °C.

Statistics for 20 Sep (1981–2005) – mean: 21.4 °C, range: 20.6 °C to 23.1 °C

The Amanzimtoti water temperature is warm (22 °C) and the air temperature not too different (windchill forecast 15 °C). A good quality summer wetsuit would be ideal though a shorty will suffice.

South Africa Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current South Africa
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 Amanzimtoti. 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.

Amanzimtoti 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.

Amanzimtoti water temperatures peak in the range 25 to 27°C (77 to 81°F) on around the 2nd of February and are at their minimum on about the 1st of August, in the range 20 to 22°C (68 to 72°F). Year round warm water temperatures at Amanzimtoti climb to their maximum in early February. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Amanzimtoti water temperatures are minimum at the beginning of August. 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 Amanzimtoti 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 Amanzimtoti. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.