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Doughnuts Backreef Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Eastern Cape (South), South Africa)

Today's Doughnuts Backreef sea temperature is 17.1 °C.

Statistics for 19 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 19.5 °C, range: 18.6 °C to 21.0 °C

The water temperature (17 °C) at Doughnuts Backreef is relatively warm. If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a summer wetsuit. Effective air temperature of 19 °C.

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 Doughnuts Backreef. 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.

Doughnuts Backreef 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.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Doughnuts Backreef 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 Doughnuts Backreef. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.