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Sunset Cliffs water temperature
Sunset Cliffs ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.9
Consistency of Surf: 2.1
Difficulty Level: 3.9
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 1.6

Overall: 2.5

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Sunset Cliffs Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(San Diego County, USA)

Today's Sunset Cliffs sea temperature is 21.6 °C.

Statistics for 23 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 18.7 °C, range: 17.5 °C to 20.0 °C

A hot sunny day, feeling like 30 °C even after we account for wind, and warm water temperature (21 °C) too at Sunset Cliffs. Surfers may need a thin summer wetsuit or at least a rash vest to block the UV. Otherwise, warm enough for just board shorts.

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 Cliffs. 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 Cliffs 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 Cliffs sea temperatures peak in the range 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F) on around the 5th of September and are at their lowest on about the 3rd of February, in the range 13 to 17°C (55 to 63°F). Sunset Cliffs sea temperatures are highest at the beginning of September. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The lowest sea temperatures at Sunset Cliffs at the start 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 Cliffs 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 Cliffs. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.