Tourmaline water temperature
Tourmaline ratings
Quality on a good day: 1.7
Consistency of Surf: 3.3
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

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Tourmaline Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(San Diego County, USA)

Today's Tourmaline sea temperature is 19.0 °C.

Statistics for 27 Nov (1981–2005) – mean: 16.5 °C, range: 15.4 °C to 18.5 °C

Sunny with very warm air temperatures, feeling like 29 °C once we account for air movement. In contrast the sea remains relatively cold (19 °C). Surfers should wear a spring or summer wetsuit though no doubt some would wear less neoprene on such a warm day, no matter what temperature the sea is.

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 Tourmaline. 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.

Tourmaline 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.

Tourmaline sea water temperatures peak in the range 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F) on around the 6th of September and are at their lowest on about the 5th of February, in the range 13 to 17°C (55 to 63°F). Tourmaline sea water temperatures are maximum in the first week of September. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The lowest sea water temperatures at Tourmaline 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 Tourmaline 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 Tourmaline. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.

 

 

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