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Essaouira Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Central Morocco)

Today's Essaouira sea temperature is 18.2 °C.

Statistics for 19 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 20.7 °C, range: 19.4 °C to 22.0 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 23 °C once we account for wind), yet at 18 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Essaouira. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

Morocco Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Morocco
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 Essaouira. 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.

Essaouira 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.

Essaouira sea temperatures peak in the range 20 to 22°C (68 to 72°F) on around the 2nd of September and are at their lowest on about the 1st of March, in the range 16 to 17°C (61 to 63°F). Essaouira sea temperatures are highest in early September. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The lowest seasonal sea temperatures at Essaouira at the beginning of March 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 Essaouira 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 Essaouira. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.