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Scripps Pier water temperature
Scripps Pier ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.7
Consistency of Surf: 3.3
Difficulty Level: 3.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.7

Overall: 3.1

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Scripps Pier Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(San Diego County, USA)

Today's Scripps Pier sea temperature is 16.7 °C.

Statistics for 17 Dec (1981–2005) – mean: 15.5 °C, range: 13.9 °C to 17.4 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feels like 20 °C) at Scripps Pier, yet the sea remains several degrees colder than the air. Most 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 Scripps Pier. 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.

Scripps Pier 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.

Scripps Pier water temperatures peak in the range 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F) on around the 6th of September and are at their coldest on about the 5th of February, in the range 13 to 16°C (55 to 61°F). Scripps Pier water temperatures are warmest in the first week of September. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The coldest water temperatures at Scripps Pier at the beginning of February are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days.

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