Popotla Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide
(Baja Norte, Mexico)
Today's Popotla sea temperature is 19.8 °C.
Statistics for 27 Aug (1981–2005) – mean: 20.4 °C, range: 18.8 °C to 22.3 °C
Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 20 °C once we account for wind), yet at 19 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Popotla. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.
Map of current Mexico
Surface Water Temperatures based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Map of current Mexico
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 Popotla. 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.
Popotla water temperatures peak in the range 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F) on around the 5th of September and are at their lowest on about the 3rd of February, in the range 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F). Popotla water temperatures are maximum at the beginning of September. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The lowest seasonal water temperatures at Popotla at the start of February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots.
Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Popotla 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 Popotla. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.