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Ballyheigue water temperature
Ballyheigue ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.5
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.7

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Ballyheigue Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Kerry, Ireland)

Today's Ballyheigue sea temperature is 9.7 °C.

Statistics for 23 Apr (1981–2005) – mean: 10.6 °C, range: 9.5 °C to 11.4 °C

The Ballyheigue water temperature (9 °C) is very cold. Although it will be cloudy today, air temperatures will be relatively mild, feeling like 14 °C. Despite the mild air, surfers will need plenty of neoprene: a good winter wetsuit, a neoprene hood, gloves and boots.

Ireland Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Ireland
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 Ballyheigue. 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.

Ballyheigue Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Ballyheigue sea water temperatures peak in the range 14 to 18°C (57 to 64°F) on around the 7th of August and are at their minimum on about the 21st of February, in the range 9 to 10°C (48 to 50°F). The maximum seasonal sea water temperatures at Ballyheigue in the first part of August lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. At its minimum in mid to late February, low sea water temperatures at Ballyheigue are suited to a 5/4mm or 5/3mm good quality wetsuit with neoprene gloves and 3mm boots. You will need a hood if it's windy or the air is cold.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Ballyheigue 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 Ballyheigue. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.