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

Overall: 3.0

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Breachway Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Rhode Island, USA)

Today's Breachway sea temperature is 4.7 °C.

Statistics for 22 Mar (1981–2005) – mean: 4.5 °C, range: 2.7 °C to 6.3 °C

Water temperature (4 °C) at Breachway is close to freezing today and the windchill (1 °C) will make tha air temperature seem similarly cold. You'll need a thick hooded winter wetsuit as well as neoprene gloves and boots and the forecast cloudiness won't make it feel any better.

United States Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current United States
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Breachway. 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.

Breachway 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.

Breachway sea temperatures peak in the range 20 to 24°C (68 to 75°F) on around the 9th of August and are at their lowest on about the 17th of February, in the range 3 to 6°C (37 to 43°F). Breachway sea temperatures are maximum in early to mid August. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The lowest sea temperatures at Breachway 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 middle of February.

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