Salt Rock water temperature
Salt Rock ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

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Salt Rock Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, South Africa)

Today's Salt Rock sea temperature is 24.2 °C.

Statistics for 28 Nov (1981–2005) – mean: 23.5 °C, range: 22.3 °C to 24.7 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 23 °C once we account for wind), and similar sea temperatures (24 °C). Wear boardshorts or a shorty, or better still a thin summer wetsuit to keep the UV off.

South Africa Sea Water Temperature

Map of current South Africa
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
South Africa Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current South Africa
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 Salt Rock. 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.

Salt Rock 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.

Salt Rock sea water temperatures peak in the range 25 to 27°C (77 to 81°F) on around the 4th of February and are at their coldest on about the 1st of August, in the range 20 to 22°C (68 to 72°F). Year round warm sea water temperatures at Salt Rock climb to their maximum in early February. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Salt Rock sea water temperatures are coldest at the beginning of August. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up.

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

 

 

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