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Garbage Dump water temperature
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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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Garbage Dump Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(West Coast, South Africa)

Today's Garbage Dump sea temperature is 14.4 °C.

Statistics for 16 Nov (1981–2005) – mean: 16.9 °C, range: 15.8 °C to 18.3 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feels like 20 °C) at Garbage Dump, yet the sea remains several degrees colder than the air. Most 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 Garbage Dump. 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.

Garbage Dump 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.

Garbage Dump water temperatures peak in the range 18 to 20°C (64 to 68°F) on around the 25th of January and are at their minimum on about the 16th of July, in the range 14 to 16°C (57 to 61°F). The maximum Garbage Dump water temperatures in late January require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The minimum water temperatures at Garbage Dump 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 Garbage Dump 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 Garbage Dump. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.