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Sunset Beach water temperature
Sunset Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 2.8

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Sunset Beach Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Orange County, USA)

Today's Sunset Beach sea temperature is 21.5 °C.

Statistics for 16 Jul (1981–2005) – mean: 18.6 °C, range: 17.4 °C to 20.4 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 20 °C once we account for wind), and similar sea temperatures (21 °C). Wear boardshorts or a shorty, or better still a thin summer wetsuit to keep the UV off.

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 Sunset Beach. 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.

Sunset Beach 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.

Sunset Beach water temperatures peak in the range 18 to 22°C (64 to 72°F) on around the 6th of September and are at their minimum on about the 5th of February, in the range 13 to 16°C (55 to 61°F). The maximum Sunset Beach water temperatures in the first week of September require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The minimum water temperatures at Sunset Beach 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 Sunset Beach 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 Sunset Beach. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.

 

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.