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Holbaai water temperature
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Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Holbaai Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Cape Town, South Africa)

Today's Holbaai sea temperature is 15.0 °C.

Statistics for 20 Nov (1981–2005) – mean: 17.7 °C, range: 16.0 °C to 19.2 °C

The water temperature at Holbaai is rather cool (15 °C) and the air temperature will feel similar. A good quality spring wetsuit with optional neoprene boots should suffice. No need for wetsuit gloves.

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 Holbaai. 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.

Holbaai 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.

Holbaai sea temperatures peak in the range 19 to 21°C (66 to 70°F) on around the 28th of January and are at their coldest on about the 17th of July, in the range 14 to 16°C (57 to 61°F). The maximum Holbaai sea temperatures in the fourth week of January require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The coldest seasonal sea temperatures at Holbaai in the middle of July lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots.

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