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Cardiel (Mar del Plata) Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Today's Cardiel (Mar del Plata) sea temperature is 9.9 °C.

Statistics for 14 Aug (1981–2005) – mean: 8.3 °C, range: 6.7 °C to 10.4 °C

Sunny with pleasant to warm air temperatures (feels like 16 °C) at Cardiel (Mar del Plata), yet the sea remains very cold (9 °C). Surfers will need a thick winter wetsuit, a hood, gloves and neoprene boots.

Argentina Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Argentina
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 Cardiel (Mar del Plata). 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.

Cardiel (Mar del Plata) 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.

Cardiel sea temperatures peak in the range 17 to 22°C (63 to 72°F) on around the 26th of January and are at their lowest on about the 8th of August, in the range 6 to 11°C (43 to 52°F). The maximum Cardiel sea temperatures in the fourth week of January require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The lowest sea temperatures at Cardiel 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 early to mid August.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Cardiel (Mar del Plata) 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 Cardiel (Mar del Plata). Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.