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Matagorda water temperature
Matagorda ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.7
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 4.8

Overall: 3.2

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Matagorda Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Texas, USA)

Today's Matagorda sea temperature is 15.9 °C.

Statistics for 23 Jan (1981–2005) – mean: 18.9 °C, range: 16.8 °C to 21.1 °C

Fairly cool water temperature (15 °C) at Matagorda will be accompanied by sub-zero wind chill temperatures (-5 °C). Wear a full winter wetsuit and ideally a neoprene hood. Gloves and boots would probably be a good idea. A good day to escape from a bitterly cold and overcast day by getting wet.

United States Sea Water Temperature

Map of current United States
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
United States Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current United States
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 Matagorda. 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.

Matagorda 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.

Matagorda sea temperatures peak in the range 28 to 30°C (82 to 86°F) on around the 28th of August and are at their lowest on about the 7th of February, in the range 16 to 20°C (61 to 68°F). Year round warm sea temperatures at Matagorda climb to their maximum in the fourth week of August. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. The lowest Matagorda sea temperatures in the first part of February require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit.

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