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

Overall: 3.5

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Doring Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(West Coast, South Africa)

Today's Doring Bay sea temperature is 16.8 °C.

Statistics for 21 May (1981–2005) – mean: 16.3 °C, range: 15.1 °C to 17.7 °C

The water temperature at Doring Bay is rather cool (16 °C) and the air temperature will feel similar. A good quality spring wetsuit with optional neoprene boots should suffice. No need for wetsuit gloves.

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 Doring Bay. 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.

Doring Bay 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.

Doring Bay sea temperatures peak in the range 18 to 20°C (64 to 68°F) on around the 25th of January and are at their lowest on about the 17th of July, in the range 14 to 16°C (57 to 61°F). The warmest Doring Bay sea temperatures in late January require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The lowest sea temperatures at Doring Bay in the middle of July 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.

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