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Paunch Reef Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Bocas del Toro, Panama)

Today's Paunch Reef sea temperature is 29.9 °C.

Statistics for 04 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 28.3 °C, range: 27.6 °C to 29.5 °C

Very warm air temperatures and very warm water(29 °C) too at Paunch Reef, warm enough for wearing board shorts and a rash vest in the surf. Cloudy, but feeling very pleasant in and out of the water.

Panama Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Panama
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 Paunch 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.

Paunch Reef 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.

Paunch Reef water temperatures peak in the range 28 to 30°C (82 to 86°F) on around the 7th of April and are at their coldest on about the 6th of November, in the range 27 to 28°C (81 to 82°F). Year round warm water temperatures at Paunch Reef mean that a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year

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