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Etang-Sale Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Réunion Island, Reunion)

Today's Etang-Sale sea temperature is 27.8 °C.

Statistics for 28 Jan (1981–2005) – mean: 27.6 °C, range: 26.3 °C to 28.7 °C

Very warm air temperatures and very warm water(27 °C) too at Etang-Sale, warm enough for wearing board shorts and a rash vest in the surf. Cloudy, but feeling very pleasant in and out of the water.

Reunion Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Reunion
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 Etang-Sale. 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.

Etang-Sale 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.

Etang-Sale sea temperatures peak in the range 26 to 29°C (79 to 84°F) on around the 3rd of February and are at their lowest on about the 27th of August, in the range 22 to 24°C (72 to 75°F). Year round warm sea temperatures at Etang-Sale climb to their highest at the start of February. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Etang-Sale sea temperatures are always warm but dip to their lowest in the last days of August. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Etang-Sale 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 Etang-Sale. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.