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Lawrencetown Reef Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Nova Scotia, Canada)

Today's Lawrencetown Reef sea temperature is 8.6 °C.

Statistics for 03 Dec (1981–2005) – mean: 6.2 °C, range: 4.8 °C to 8.5 °C

Water temperature (8 °C) at Lawrencetown Reef is really very cold. Despite the weak sunshine, the air will feel like -8 °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 Lawrencetown Reef 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 Lawrencetown Reef. 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.

Lawrencetown Reef 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.

Lawrencetown Reef water temperatures peak in the range 15 to 19°C (59 to 66°F) on around the 10th of August and are at their minimum on about the 19th of February, in the range -1 to 2°C (30 to 36°F). The warmest seasonal water temperatures at Lawrencetown Reef in early to mid August lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The minimum water temperatures at Lawrencetown Reef 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 third week of February.

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