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Seal Point water temperature
Seal Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.5
Difficulty Level: 3.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.9

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Seal Point Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Eastern Cape (South), South Africa)

Today's Seal Point sea temperature is 16.7 °C.

Statistics for 23 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 19.3 °C, range: 18.4 °C to 20.1 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feels like 21 °C) at Seal Point, 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.

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)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Seal Point. 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.

Seal Point 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.

Seal Point water temperatures peak in the range 22 to 25°C (72 to 77°F) on around the 3rd of February and are at their minimum on about the 6th of August, in the range 18 to 20°C (64 to 68°F). Seal Point water temperatures are always warm reach their maximum at the start of February. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy. The minimum Seal Point water temperatures in the first week of August require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit.

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