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Armadale Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Scotland – North Coast, UK)

Today's Armadale Bay sea temperature is 10.2 °C.

Statistics for 02 Dec (1981–2005) – mean: 9.9 °C, range: 9.1 °C to 10.9 °C

Cold water temperature (10 °C) at Armadale Bay accompanied by sub-zero wind chill temperatures (-1 °C). Wearing a thick winter wetsuit, neoprene hood, gloves and boots. A bitterly cold and overcast day.

United Kingdom Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current United Kingdom
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 Armadale Bay. 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.

Armadale Bay 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.

Armadale Bay sea water temperatures peak in the range 12 to 15°C (54 to 59°F) on around the 10th of August and are at their lowest on about the 26th of February, in the range 6 to 8°C (43 to 46°F). The warmest sea water temperatures at Armadale Bay in early to mid August 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. The lowest sea water temperatures at Armadale Bay mean that you will need a flexible 6/5/4mm wetsuit or a well fitting 5/4mm wetsuit with gloves and 5mm neoprene booties and a hood to surf here in the fourth week of February.

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