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Hirtle's Beach (Hartling Bay) Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Nova Scotia, Canada)

Today's Hirtle's Beach (Hartling Bay) sea temperature is 4.8 °C.

Statistics for 06 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 1.6 °C, range: 0.5 °C to 3.2 °C

Water temperature (4 °C) at Hirtle's Beach (Hartling Bay) is close to freezing today and the windchill (3 °C) will make tha air temperature seem similarly cold. You'll need a thick hooded winter wetsuit as well as neoprene gloves and boots and the forecast cloudiness won't make it feel any better.

Canada Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Canada
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 Hirtle's Beach (Hartling Bay). 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.

Hirtle's Beach (Hartling Bay) 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.

Hirtle's Beach (Hartling Bay) sea water temperatures peak in the range 14 to 18°C (57 to 64°F) on around the 10th of August and are at their coldest on about the 21st of February, in the range 0 to 3°C (32 to 37°F). The warmest seasonal sea water temperatures at Hirtle's Beach (Hartling Bay) in early to mid August lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The coldest sea water temperatures at Hirtle's Beach (Hartling Bay) 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 mid to late February.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Hirtle's Beach (Hartling Bay) 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 Hirtle's Beach (Hartling Bay). Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.