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Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 3.4

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Seals Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Santa Barbara, USA)

Today's Seals sea temperature is 19.2 °C.

Statistics for 22 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 16.7 °C, range: 15.3 °C to 18.2 °C

A big contrast between hot air temperatures (feeling like 30 °C once we account for wind), and cool water temperature (19 °C) at Seals. Surfers will need a thin summer wetsuit.

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 Seals. 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.

Seals 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.

Seals sea water temperatures peak in the range 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F) on around the 4th of September and are at their coldest on about the 26th of February, in the range 12 to 15°C (54 to 59°F). The maximum seasonal sea water temperatures at Seals in early September lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The coldest sea water temperatures at Seals in the fourth week 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 Seals 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 Seals. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.