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Gonubie Reef (The Lefts) water temperature
Gonubie Reef (The Lefts) ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.2

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Gonubie Reef (The Lefts) Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Eastern Cape – Wild Coast, South Africa)

Today's Gonubie Reef (The Lefts) sea temperature is 19.6 °C.

Statistics for 18 Aug (1981–2005) – mean: 19.8 °C, range: 18.2 °C to 21.5 °C

Sunny with very warm air temperatures, feeling like 26 °C once we account for air movement. In contrast the sea remains relatively cold (19 °C). Surfers should wear a spring or summer wetsuit though no doubt some would wear less neoprene on such a warm day, no matter what temperature the sea is.

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 Gonubie Reef (The Lefts). 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.

Gonubie Reef (The Lefts) 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.

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

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Gonubie Reef (The Lefts) 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 Gonubie Reef (The Lefts). Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.