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Glen Eden water temperature
Glen Eden ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.8

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Glen Eden Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Eastern Cape – Wild Coast, South Africa)

Today's Glen Eden sea temperature is 20.4 °C.

Statistics for 17 Nov (1981–2005) – mean: 21.5 °C, range: 20.6 °C to 22.9 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 22 °C once we account for wind), and similar sea temperatures (20 °C). Wear boardshorts or a shorty, or better still a thin summer wetsuit to keep the UV off.

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 Glen Eden. 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.

Glen Eden 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.

Glen Eden sea temperatures peak in the range 23 to 26°C (73 to 79°F) on around the 3rd of February and are at their coldest on about the 4th of September, in the range 19 to 21°C (66 to 70°F). Glen Eden sea temperatures are always warm reach their maximum at the start of February. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy. The coldest Glen Eden sea temperatures in early September require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit.

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