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Gibson Steps water temperature
Gibson Steps ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Gibson Steps Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Far West of Victoria, Australia)

Today's Gibson Steps sea temperature is 14.9 °C.

Statistics for 18 Nov (1981–2005) – mean: 14.4 °C, range: 13.4 °C to 16.2 °C

The water temperature (14 °C) at Gibson Steps is quite cool. If the sun shines as we have forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good spring wetsuit. Effective windchill factor of (18 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

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Map of current Australia
Surface Water Temperatures
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Australia Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current Australia
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 Gibson Steps. 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.

Gibson Steps 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.

Gibson Steps sea water temperatures peak in the range 16 to 18°C (61 to 64°F) on around the 16th of February and are at their minimum on about the 15th of September, in the range 12 to 14°C (54 to 57°F). The maximum seasonal sea water temperatures at Gibson Steps in the middle of February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The minimum sea water temperatures at Gibson Steps in mid September 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 Gibson Steps 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 Gibson Steps. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.