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Inside Reef (Hikkaduwa) Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(West Sri Lanka)

Today's Inside Reef (Hikkaduwa) sea temperature is 27.8 °C.

Statistics for 08 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 28.0 °C, range: 27.3 °C to 28.8 °C

Sunny with very warm air temperatures, feeling like 27 °C once we account for any wind. Sea temperatures (27 °C) very warm too. Staying comfortable in the water at Inside Reef (Hikkaduwa) won't be a problem, but wear at least a rash-vest to keep the UV off.

Sri Lanka Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Sri Lanka
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 Inside Reef (Hikkaduwa). 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.

Inside Reef (Hikkaduwa) 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.

Inside Reef (Hikkaduwa) sea water temperatures peak in the range 28 to 30°C (82 to 86°F) on around the 17th of April and are at their lowest on about the 2nd of August, in the range 26 to 28°C (79 to 82°F). Year round warm sea water temperatures at Inside Reef (Hikkaduwa) mean that a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Inside Reef (Hikkaduwa) 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 Inside Reef (Hikkaduwa). Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.