Kennington Cove Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide
(Cape Breton Island, Canada)
Today's Kennington Cove sea temperature is 18.4 °C.
Statistics for 27 Aug (1981–2005) – mean: 17.3 °C, range: 15.3 °C to 19.0 °C
Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 21 °C once we account for wind), yet at 18 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Kennington Cove. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.
Map of current Canada
Surface Water Temperatures based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Map of current Canada
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 Kennington Cove. 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.
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.
Kennington Cove sea water temperatures peak in the range 16 to 20°C (61 to 68°F) on around the 15th of August and are at their coldest on about the 21st of February, in the range -1 to 0°C (30 to 32°F). The highest Kennington Cove sea water temperatures in mid August require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The coldest sea water temperatures at Kennington Cove mean that you will need a flexible 6/5/4mm wetsuit or a well fitting 5/4mm wetsuit with gloves and 5mm neoprene booties and a hood to surf here in mid to late February.
Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Kennington Cove 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 Kennington Cove. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.