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Steep Point water temperature
Steep Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.4

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Steep Point Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(North West WA, Australia)

Today's Steep Point sea temperature is 24.3 °C.

Statistics for 23 Jan (1981–2005) – mean: 23.6 °C, range: 22.1 °C to 25.2 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 24 °C once we account for wind), and similar sea temperatures (24 °C). Wear boardshorts or a shorty, or better still a thin summer wetsuit to keep the UV off.

Australia Sea Water Temperature

Map of current Australia
Surface Water Temperatures
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Australia Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current Australia
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 Steep 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.

Steep 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.

Steep Point water temperatures peak in the range 23 to 27°C (73 to 81°F) on around the 19th of March and are at their minimum on about the 12th of September, in the range 20 to 22°C (68 to 72°F). Year round warm water temperatures at Steep Point climb to their highest in the third week of March. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Steep Point water temperatures are minimum in the second week of September. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up.

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