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Middles water temperature
Middles ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 3.2

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Middles Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Orange County, USA)

Today's Middles sea temperature is 20.2 °C.

Statistics for 23 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 18.0 °C, range: 15.8 °C to 19.7 °C

A hot sunny day, feeling like 34 °C even after we account for wind, and warm water temperature (20 °C) too at Middles. Surfers may need a thin summer wetsuit or at least a rash vest to block the UV. Otherwise, warm enough for just board shorts.

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 Middles. 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.

Middles 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.

Middles sea temperatures peak in the range 18 to 22°C (64 to 72°F) on around the 4th of September and are at their lowest on about the 5th of February, in the range 13 to 16°C (55 to 61°F). The maximum Middles sea temperatures in early September require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The lowest sea temperatures at Middles at the beginning of February are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days.

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