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St Finan's Bay water temperature
St Finan's Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.6
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 2.7

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St Finan's Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Kerry, Ireland)

Today's St Finan's Bay sea temperature is 15.5 °C.

Statistics for 19 Sep (1981–2005) – mean: 15.1 °C, range: 13.5 °C to 16.5 °C

The water temperature (15 °C) at St Finan's Bay is quite cool. If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good sealed spring wetsuit. Some surfers would prefer to wear gloves and boots too. Effective windchill factor of (14 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

Ireland Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Ireland
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 St Finan's Bay. 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.

St Finan's Bay 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.

St Finan's Bay water temperatures peak in the range 14 to 18°C (57 to 64°F) on around the 12th of August and are at their lowest on about the 19th of February, in the range 9 to 11°C (48 to 52°F). The warmest seasonal water temperatures at St Finan's Bay in the second week of August lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. At its lowest in the third week of February, low water temperatures at St Finan's Bay 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 St Finan's Bay 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 St Finan's Bay. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.