Cap Howard Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide
(Réunion Island, Reunion)
Today's Cap Howard sea temperature is 28.5 °C.
Statistics for 21 Jan (1981–2005) – mean: 27.6 °C, range: 26.4 °C to 28.5 °C
Sunny with very warm air temperatures, feeling like 29 °C once we account for any wind. Sea temperatures (28 °C) very warm too. Staying comfortable in the water at Cap Howard won't be a problem, but wear at least a rash-vest to keep the UV off.
Map of current Reunion
Surface Water Temperatures based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Map of current Reunion
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 Cap Howard. 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.
Cap Howard water temperatures peak in the range 26 to 29°C (79 to 84°F) on around the 31st of January and are at their coldest on about the 14th of August, in the range 22 to 24°C (72 to 75°F). Year round warm water temperatures at Cap Howard climb to their maximum at the end of January. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Cap Howard water temperatures are always warm but dip to their coldest in mid August. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy.
Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Cap Howard 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 Cap Howard. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.