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Pismo Beach Pier water temperature
Pismo Beach Pier ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.9
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.1

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Pismo Beach Pier Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(San Luis Obispo, USA)

Today's Pismo Beach Pier sea temperature is 14.0 °C.

Statistics for 11 Dec (1981–2005) – mean: 14.2 °C, range: 13.0 °C to 16.2 °C

Sunny with very warm air temperatures. In contrast the sea remains relatively cold (14 °C). Surfers should wear a spring or summer wetsuit though no doubt some would wear less neoprene on such a warm day, no matter what temperature the sea is.

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 Pismo Beach Pier. 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.

Pismo Beach Pier 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.

Pismo Beach Pier sea water temperatures peak in the range 15 to 19°C (59 to 66°F) on around the 3rd of September and are at their minimum on about the 26th of February, in the range 12 to 14°C (54 to 57°F). The maximum seasonal sea water temperatures at Pismo Beach Pier at the start of September lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The minimum sea water temperatures at Pismo Beach Pier in the fourth week 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 Pismo Beach Pier 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 Pismo Beach Pier. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.