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Popham Read water temperature
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Quality on a good day: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 3.2

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Popham Read Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Maine, USA)

Today's Popham Read sea temperature is 12.2 °C.

Statistics for 30 May (1981–2005) – mean: 10.5 °C, range: 8.8 °C to 13.2 °C

The water temperature (12 °C) at Popham Read is quite cold. If the sun shines as forecast, it should feel warm enough to get away with a good sealed spring wetsuit but you won't overheat in a winter wetsuit, gloves boots and a hood. Effective windchill factor of (11 °C).

United States Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current United States
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 Popham Read. 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.

Popham Read 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.

Popham Read water temperatures peak in the range 16 to 20°C (61 to 68°F) on around the 12th of August and are at their minimum on about the 1st of March, in the range 2 to 3°C (36 to 37°F). The highest seasonal water temperatures at Popham Read in the second week of August lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The minimum water temperatures at Popham Read mean that you will need a flexible 6/5/4mm wetsuit or a well fitting 5/4mm wetsuit with gloves and 5mm neoprene booties and a hood to surf here at the beginning of March.

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