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Salisbury Beach water temperature
Salisbury Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.6
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 2.4
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.1
Crowds: 3.6

Overall: 3.3

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Salisbury Beach Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Massachusetts, USA)

Today's Salisbury Beach sea temperature is -0.9 °C.

Statistics for 30 May (1981–2005) – mean: 11.5 °C, range: 9.7 °C to 14.2 °C

Sunny with deceptively warm air temperatures (windchill 24 °C) at Salisbury Beach, yet the sea remains icy cold (0 °C). Surfers will need a thick winter wetsuit, a neoprene hood, gloves and boots.

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 Salisbury Beach. 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.

Salisbury Beach Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Salisbury Beach water temperatures peak in the range 18 to 22°C (64 to 72°F) on around the 9th of August and are at their minimum on about the 28th of February, in the range 2 to 4°C (36 to 39°F). The highest Salisbury Beach water temperatures in early to mid August require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The minimum water temperatures at Salisbury Beach mean that you will need a flexible 6/5/4mm wetsuit or a well fitting 5/4mm wetsuit with gloves and 5mm neoprene booties and a hood to surf here in the fourth week of February.

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


Do you have old images of surf? Simply upload them to the photo gallery and we will search our vast archive of forecasts and display the open water swell sizes, directions and periods, as well as wind and tide at the time of the image. It's a really useful way of knowing what to look for in the forecast tables.