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Dunfanaghy (Killahoey Beach) water temperature
Dunfanaghy (Killahoey Beach) ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.7

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Dunfanaghy (Killahoey Beach) Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Donegal, Ireland)

Today's Dunfanaghy (Killahoey Beach) sea temperature is 11.0 °C.

Statistics for 16 Nov (1981–2005) – mean: 11.0 °C, range: 10.1 °C to 12.1 °C

The water temperature (11 °C) at Dunfanaghy (Killahoey Beach) is quite cold. Despite the sun, windchill of 9 °C means that surfers will need plenty of neoprene. Wear a quality winter wetsuit, a neoprene hood, gloves and boots. A windchill factor of (9 °C).

Ireland Sea Water Temperature

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Surface Water Temperatures
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Ireland Water Temperature Anomaly

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Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

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at this time of year)

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Dunfanaghy (Killahoey Beach). 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.

Dunfanaghy (Killahoey Beach) 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.

Dunfanaghy water temperatures peak in the range 13 to 17°C (55 to 63°F) on around the 17th of August and are at their minimum on about the 20th of February, in the range 8 to 10°C (46 to 50°F). The highest water temperatures at Dunfanaghy in the middle of 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 Dunfanaghy 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 mid to late February.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Dunfanaghy (Killahoey Beach) 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 Dunfanaghy (Killahoey Beach). Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.