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Maitencillo Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Santiago, Chile)

Today's Maitencillo sea temperature is 16.0 °C.

Statistics for 30 Jan (1981–2005) – mean: 17.4 °C, range: 16.1 °C to 19.7 °C

The water temperature (16 °C) at Maitencillo is quite cool. If the sun shines as we have forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good spring wetsuit. Effective windchill factor of (17 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

Chile Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Chile
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 Maitencillo. 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.

Maitencillo 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.

Maitencillo sea temperatures peak in the range 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F) on around the 18th of February and are at their coldest on about the 14th of August, in the range 12 to 14°C (54 to 57°F). The maximum seasonal sea temperatures at Maitencillo in the third week of February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The coldest sea temperatures at Maitencillo in mid 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.

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