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Ben Weston (Catalina Island) Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Orange County, USA)

Today's Ben Weston (Catalina Island) sea temperature is 16.8 °C.

Statistics for 22 May (1981–2005) – mean: 15.7 °C, range: 13.8 °C to 17.3 °C

The water temperature (16 °C) at Ben Weston (Catalina Island) 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 (12 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

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)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Ben Weston (Catalina Island). 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.

Ben Weston (Catalina Island) 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.

Ben Weston (Catalina Island) water temperatures peak in the range 17 to 21°C (63 to 70°F) on around the 5th of September and are at their minimum on about the 5th of February, in the range 13 to 16°C (55 to 61°F). The warmest Ben Weston (Catalina Island) water temperatures at the beginning of September require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The minimum water temperatures at Ben Weston (Catalina Island) 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 Ben Weston (Catalina Island) 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 Ben Weston (Catalina Island). Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.