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Long Beach (Tofino Airport) Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Vancouver Island, Canada)

Today's Long Beach (Tofino Airport) sea temperature is 10.1 °C.

Statistics for 26 Nov (1981–2005) – mean: 9.9 °C, range: 8.0 °C to 11.3 °C

The water temperature (10 °C) at Long Beach (Tofino Airport) is quite cold. Despite the sun, windchill of 6 °C means that surfers will need plenty of neoprene. Wear a quality winter wetsuit, a neoprene hood, gloves and boots. A windchill factor of (6 °C).

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 Long Beach (Tofino Airport). 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.

Long Beach (Tofino Airport) Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on Surf-Forecast.com are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Long Beach sea water temperatures peak in the range 13 to 17°C (55 to 63°F) on around the 13th of August and are at their minimum on about the 29th of January, in the range 7 to 10°C (45 to 50°F). The warmest sea water temperatures at Long Beach in the third week of August are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days. The minimum sea water temperatures at Long 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 late January.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Long Beach (Tofino Airport) 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 Long Beach (Tofino Airport). Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.