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

Overall: 3.0

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Buffalo Bay Wildside Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Garden Route, South Africa)

Today's Buffalo Bay Wildside sea temperature is 17.7 °C.

Statistics for 19 Jul (1981–2005) – mean: 17.2 °C, range: 16.2 °C to 18.5 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 23 °C once we account for wind), yet at 17 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Buffalo Bay Wildside. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

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)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Buffalo Bay Wildside. 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.

Buffalo Bay Wildside 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.

Buffalo Bay Wildside sea water temperatures peak in the range 21 to 24°C (70 to 75°F) on around the 3rd of February and are at their lowest on about the 6th of August, in the range 16 to 18°C (61 to 64°F). Buffalo Bay Wildside sea water temperatures are always warm reach their warmest at the start of February. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy. The lowest seasonal sea water temperatures at Buffalo Bay Wildside in the first week 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 Buffalo Bay Wildside 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 Buffalo Bay Wildside. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.