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Goosewing Beach Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Rhode Island, USA)

Today's Goosewing Beach sea temperature is 5.2 °C.

Statistics for 18 Jan (1981–2005) – mean: 5.9 °C, range: 4.4 °C to 7.2 °C

Water temperature (5 °C) at Goosewing Beach is really very cold. Despite the weak sunshine, the air will feel like -10 °C, so that even wearing a thick winter wetsuit, neoprene hood, gloves and boots it will be difficult to stay warm in the sea at Goosewing Beach today.

United States Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current United States
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 Goosewing Beach. 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.

Goosewing Beach 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.

Goosewing Beach water temperatures peak in the range 20 to 23°C (68 to 73°F) on around the 8th of August and are at their minimum on about the 23rd of February, in the range 3 to 6°C (37 to 43°F). Goosewing Beach water temperatures are highest in early to mid August. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The minimum water temperatures at Goosewing Beach 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 the fourth week of February.

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