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Matanzas Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Santiago, Chile)

Today's Matanzas sea temperature is 12.8 °C.

Statistics for 23 May (1981–2005) – mean: 14.3 °C, range: 12.9 °C to 16.6 °C

Mild or warm air temperatures (wind chill 15 °C) and rather cooler water temperatures (12 °C) at Matanzas today. Surfers will need a quality spring wetsuit and perhaps a neoprene hood, gloves and boots.

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 Matanzas. 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.

Matanzas 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.

Matanzas sea water temperatures peak in the range 17 to 18°C (63 to 64°F) on around the 1st of March and are at their lowest on about the 13th of August, in the range 12 to 14°C (54 to 57°F). The warmest seasonal sea water temperatures at Matanzas at the beginning of March lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The lowest sea water temperatures at Matanzas 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.

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