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Factory Point water temperature
Factory Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.4

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Factory Point Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Swakopmund, Namibia)

Today's Factory Point sea temperature is 16.8 °C.

Statistics for 18 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 15.1 °C, range: 14.0 °C to 16.5 °C

The water temperature (16 °C) at Factory Point is quite cool. If the sun shines as we have forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good spring wetsuit. Effective windchill factor of (19 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

Namibia Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Namibia
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 Factory 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.

Factory Point 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.

Factory Point sea temperatures peak in the range 17 to 20°C (63 to 68°F) on around the 20th of February and are at their lowest on about the 2nd of August, in the range 14 to 15°C (57 to 59°F). The highest Factory Point sea temperatures in mid to late February require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The lowest sea temperatures at Factory Point in early August 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 Factory 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 Factory Point. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.