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Ingonish Beach Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Cape Breton Island, Canada)

Today's Ingonish Beach sea temperature is 1.3 °C.

Statistics for 08 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: -0.7 °C, range: -1.4 °C to 0.1 °C

Water temperature (1 °C) at Ingonish Beach is close to freezing. Despite the weak sunshine, the air will feel like -6 °C. Even if you wear a thick winter wetsuit, a neoprene hood, neoprene gloves and boots, it will still be difficult to stay in the sea for very long today.

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 Ingonish 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.

Ingonish 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.

Ingonish Beach water temperatures peak in the range 17 to 19°C (63 to 66°F) on around the 12th of August and are at their lowest on about the 6th of February, in the range -1 to 0°C (30 to 32°F). The maximum Ingonish Beach water temperatures in the second week of August require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The lowest water temperatures at Ingonish 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 first week of February.

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