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Playa de Barrika Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Pais Vasco, Spain)

Today's Playa de Barrika sea temperature is 13.2 °C.

Statistics for 09 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 12.6 °C, range: 11.8 °C to 13.7 °C

The water temperature (13 °C) at Playa de Barrika is quite cool. If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good sealed spring wetsuit. Some surfers would prefer to wear gloves and boots too. Effective windchill factor of (10 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

Spain (Europe) Sea Water Temperature

Map of current Spain (Europe)
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Spain (Europe) Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current Spain (Europe)
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 Playa de Barrika. 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.

Playa de Barrika 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.

Playa de Barrika water temperatures peak in the range 20 to 24°C (68 to 75°F) on around the 15th of August and are at their coldest on about the 1st of March, in the range 12 to 13°C (54 to 55°F). Playa de Barrika water temperatures are highest in mid August. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The coldest water temperatures at Playa de Barrika at the beginning of March 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 Playa de Barrika 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 Playa de Barrika. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.