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Bay of Skaill Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Orkney Islands, UK)

Today's Bay of Skaill sea temperature is 8.0 °C.

Statistics for 08 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 7.6 °C, range: 6.3 °C to 8.7 °C

Very cold water temperature (8 °C) at Bay of Skaill accompanied by sub-zero wind chill temperatures (-1 °C). Wearing a thick winter wetsuit, neoprene hood, gloves and boots will be little defence against the cold, making it difficult to stay in the sea for very long. Feeling bitterly cold and cloudy.

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 Bay of Skaill. 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.

Bay of Skaill 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.

Bay of Skaill sea temperatures peak in the range 12 to 15°C (54 to 59°F) on around the 10th of August and are at their minimum on about the 26th of February, in the range 6 to 8°C (43 to 46°F). The highest sea temperatures at Bay of Skaill 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 minimum sea temperatures at Bay of Skaill 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 Bay of Skaill 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 Bay of Skaill. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.