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Palplanche Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Ogooue Maritime, Gabon)

Today's Palplanche sea temperature is 28.6 °C.

Statistics for 30 Jan (1981–2005) – mean: 28.3 °C, range: 27.2 °C to 29.3 °C

Very warm air temperatures and very warm water(28 °C) too at Palplanche, warm enough for wearing board shorts and a rash vest in the surf. Cloudy, but feeling very pleasant in and out of the water.

Gabon Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Gabon
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 Palplanche. 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.

Palplanche 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.

Palplanche water temperatures peak in the range 28 to 30°C (82 to 86°F) on around the 6th of March and are at their coldest on about the 13th of July, in the range 22 to 26°C (72 to 79°F). Year round warm water temperatures at Palplanche climb to their warmest in the first week of March. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Palplanche water temperatures are always warm but dip to their coldest in the third week of July. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy.

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