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Lighthouse-Southside water temperature
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Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Lighthouse-Southside Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Rhode Island, USA)

Today's Lighthouse-Southside sea temperature is 9.5 °C.

Statistics for 09 May (1981–2005) – mean: 9.7 °C, range: 7.4 °C to 11.6 °C

The water temperature (9 °C) at Lighthouse-Southside is very cold. You will need a quality steamer wetsuit, a neoprene hood, gloves and boots. Cloudy, with an effective air temperature of (6 °C), so feeling about the same in the water or out of it.

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Lighthouse-Southside. 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.

Lighthouse-Southside 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.

Lighthouse-Southside water temperatures peak in the range 20 to 24°C (68 to 75°F) on around the 8th of August and are at their lowest on about the 26th of February, in the range 3 to 6°C (37 to 43°F). Lighthouse-Southside water temperatures are maximum 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 lowest water temperatures at Lighthouse-Southside 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 Lighthouse-Southside 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 Lighthouse-Southside. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.