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Hamburg (Port Alfred) Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Eastern Cape (South), South Africa)

Today's Hamburg (Port Alfred) sea temperature is 20.2 °C.

Statistics for 20 Aug (1981–2005) – mean: 19.6 °C, range: 18.1 °C to 21.1 °C

The water temperature (20 °C) at Hamburg (Port Alfred) is warm and the air temperature should feel similar (windchill forecast 17 °C). If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a shorty or a summer wetsuit.

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)

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Hamburg (Port Alfred). 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.

Hamburg (Port Alfred) Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Hamburg 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 minimum on about the 3rd of September, in the range 18 to 21°C (64 to 70°F). Hamburg 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 minimum Hamburg sea water temperatures at the start of September require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Hamburg (Port Alfred) 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 Hamburg (Port Alfred). Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.