Playa Malibu Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide
(Panama – Golfo de Panama)
Today's Playa Malibu sea temperature is 28.5 °C.
Statistics for 24 May (1981–2005)
– mean: 28.3 °C,
range: 27.7 °C
to 29.1 °C
Sunny with very warm air temperatures, feeling like 28 °C once we account for any wind. Sea temperatures (28 °C) very warm too. Staying comfortable in the water at Playa Malibu won't be a problem, but wear at least a rash-vest to keep the UV off.
Map of current Panama
Surface Water Temperatures based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Map of current Panama
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies
(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)
(click thumbnails to expand)
Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Playa Malibu. 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.
Playa Malibu water temperatures peak in the range 28 to 29°C (82 to 84°F) on around the 25th of May and are at their coldest on about the 26th of February, in the range 25 to 28°C (77 to 82°F). Year round warm water temperatures at Playa Malibu mean that a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year
Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Playa Malibu 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 Playa Malibu. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has stated that a magnitude 8.2 Earthquake beneath the Sea of Okhosk did not generate a destructive Tsunami. However, we suggest that local interests also listen for statements from the Japan Meteorological Agency, located much closer to the source.