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Bamburgh water temperature
Bamburgh ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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Bamburgh Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(North East England, UK)

Today's Bamburgh sea temperature is 13.7 °C.

Statistics for 17 Jul (1981–2005) – mean: 13.9 °C, range: 12.3 °C to 15.5 °C

The water temperature (13 °C) at Bamburgh 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 (17 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

United Kingdom Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current United Kingdom
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 Bamburgh. 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.

Bamburgh 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.

Bamburgh water temperatures peak in the range 13 to 16°C (55 to 61°F) on around the 10th of August and are at their minimum on about the 22nd of February, in the range 4 to 8°C (39 to 46°F). The maximum water temperatures at Bamburgh in early to mid August are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days. The minimum water temperatures at Bamburgh mean that you will need a flexible 6/5/4mm wetsuit or a well fitting 5/4mm wetsuit with gloves and 5mm neoprene booties and a hood to surf here in the second half of February.

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

 

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.