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Machrihanish Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Kintyre, UK)

Today's Machrihanish sea temperature is 9.1 °C.

Statistics for 24 Jan (1981–2005) – mean: 8.0 °C, range: 6.8 °C to 9.1 °C

The water temperature (9 °C) at Machrihanish is very cold. You will need a quality steamer wetsuit, a neoprene hood, gloves and boots. Cloudy, with an effective air temperature of (5 °C), so feeling about the same in the water or out of it.

United Kingdom Sea Water Temperature

Map of current United Kingdom
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
United Kingdom Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current United Kingdom
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Machrihanish. 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.

Machrihanish 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.

Machrihanish water temperatures peak in the range 13 to 17°C (55 to 63°F) on around the 17th of August and are at their coldest on about the 27th of February, in the range 6 to 8°C (43 to 46°F). The maximum water temperatures at Machrihanish in the middle 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 coldest water temperatures at Machrihanish 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 last days of February.

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