Santa Cruz Harbour water temperature
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Santa Cruz Harbour Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Santa Cruz, USA)

Today's Santa Cruz Harbour sea temperature is 17.2 °C.

Statistics for 30 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 14.2 °C, range: 12.8 °C to 16.7 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 21 °C once we account for wind), yet at 17 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Santa Cruz Harbour. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

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 Santa Cruz Harbour. 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.

Santa Cruz Harbour 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.

Santa Cruz Harbour water temperatures peak in the range 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F) on around the 23rd of September and are at their lowest on about the 7th of April, in the range 10 to 14°C (50 to 57°F). The highest seasonal water temperatures at Santa Cruz Harbour in the fourth week of September lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. At its lowest in the first part of April, low water temperatures at Santa Cruz Harbour are suited to a 5/4mm or 5/3mm good quality wetsuit with neoprene gloves and 3mm boots. You will need a hood if it's windy or the air is cold.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Santa Cruz Harbour 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 Santa Cruz Harbour. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.

 

 

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