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Nine Mile Reef water temperature
Nine Mile Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 2.8

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Nine Mile Reef Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Cape Town, South Africa)

Today's Nine Mile Reef sea temperature is 16.6 °C.

Statistics for 19 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 16.3 °C, range: 15.3 °C to 17.6 °C

The water temperature (16 °C) at Nine Mile Reef 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 (19 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

South Africa Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current South Africa
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 Nine Mile Reef. 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.

Nine Mile Reef 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.

Nine Mile Reef water temperatures peak in the range 19 to 23°C (66 to 73°F) on around the 29th of January and are at their coldest on about the 15th of July, in the range 14 to 16°C (57 to 61°F). Nine Mile Reef water temperatures are highest in late January. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The coldest seasonal water temperatures at Nine Mile Reef in mid July lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots.

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