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Ocean Lakes water temperature
Ocean Lakes ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.8

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Ocean Lakes Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(South Carolina, USA)

Today's Ocean Lakes sea temperature is 20.2 °C.

Statistics for 18 Nov (1981–2005) – mean: 22.6 °C, range: 21.4 °C to 24.2 °C

The water temperature (20 °C) at Ocean Lakes is warm and the air temperature should feel similar (windchill forecast 18 °C). If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a shorty or a summer wetsuit.

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 Ocean Lakes. 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.

Ocean Lakes 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.

Ocean Lakes sea water temperatures peak in the range 27 to 29°C (81 to 84°F) on around the 25th of July and are at their minimum on about the 5th of March, in the range 18 to 22°C (64 to 72°F). Year round warm sea water temperatures at Ocean Lakes climb to their highest in late July. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. The minimum Ocean Lakes sea water temperatures at the beginning of March require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit.

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