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Bells Beach – Bowl Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Torquay, Australia)

Today's Bells Beach - Bowl sea temperature is 15.3 °C.

Statistics for 23 May (1981–2005) – mean: 15.0 °C, range: 13.8 °C to 15.9 °C

The water temperature (15 °C) at Bells Beach - Bowl is quite cool. If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good sealed spring wetsuit. Some surfers would prefer to wear gloves and boots too. Effective windchill factor of (13 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

Australia Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Australia
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 Bells Beach - Bowl. 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.

Bells Beach - Bowl 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.

Bells Beach - Bowl water temperatures peak in the range 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F) on around the 27th of February and are at their minimum on about the 16th of August, in the range 12 to 14°C (54 to 57°F). The warmest seasonal water temperatures at Bells Beach - Bowl in the last days of February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The minimum water temperatures at Bells Beach - Bowl in the middle of 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.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Bells Beach - Bowl 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 Bells Beach - Bowl. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.