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Nungwi Reefs water temperature
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Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 2.6

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Nungwi Reefs Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Zanzibar, Tanzania)

Today's Nungwi Reefs sea temperature is 27.9 °C.

Statistics for 15 Jul (1981–2005) – mean: 25.4 °C, range: 24.9 °C to 26.1 °C

Very warm in and out of the water temperature at Nungwi Reefs today, but forecast to be overcast. With sea temperatures of 27 °C and a wind chill of 24 °C, most surfers will choose a shorty, boardshorts or a summer suit.

Tanzania Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Tanzania
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Nungwi Reefs. 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.

Nungwi Reefs Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Zanzibar water temperatures peak in the range 29 to 30°C (84 to 86°F) on around the 21st of March and are at their lowest on about the 14th of August, in the range 24 to 26°C (75 to 79°F). Year round warm water temperatures at Zanzibar climb to their maximum in mid to late March. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Zanzibar water temperatures are always warm but dip to their lowest in mid August. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy.

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