Arica Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide
Today's Arica sea temperature is 14.3 °C.
Statistics for 30 Sep (1981–2005) – mean: 16.8 °C, range: 14.9 °C to 19.5 °C
Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feels like 21 °C) at Arica, 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.
Map of current Peru
Surface Water Temperatures based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Map of current Peru
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 Arica. 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.
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.
Arica sea water temperatures peak in the range 21 to 26°C (70 to 79°F) on around the 10th of February and are at their minimum on about the 7th of August, in the range 15 to 20°C (59 to 68°F). Arica sea water temperatures are always warm reach their highest in early to mid February. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy. The minimum seasonal sea water temperatures at Arica in the first part of August 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 Arica 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 Arica. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.