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Coffee Bay Point water temperature
Coffee Bay Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 4.1

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Coffee Bay Point Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Eastern Cape – Wild Coast, South Africa)

Today's Coffee Bay Point sea temperature is 19.9 °C.

Statistics for 18 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 21.2 °C, range: 20.2 °C to 22.4 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 23 °C once we account for wind), yet at 19 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Coffee Bay Point. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

South Africa Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current South Africa
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 Coffee Bay Point. 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.

Coffee Bay Point 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.

Coffee Bay Point sea temperatures peak in the range 24 to 27°C (75 to 81°F) on around the 2nd of February and are at their coldest on about the 19th of August, in the range 19 to 21°C (66 to 70°F). Year round warm sea temperatures at Coffee Bay Point climb to their warmest in early February. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Coffee Bay Point sea temperatures are coldest in the third week of August. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up.

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