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Red Strand (Dirk Bay) Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Cork, Ireland)

Today's Red Strand (Dirk Bay) sea temperature is 17.0 °C.

Statistics for 12 Aug (1981–2005) – mean: 16.5 °C, range: 14.3 °C to 19.1 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 23 °C once we account for wind), yet at 17 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Red Strand (Dirk Bay). The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

Ireland Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Ireland
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 Red Strand (Dirk Bay). 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.

Red Strand (Dirk Bay) 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.

Red Strand (Dirk Bay) water temperatures peak in the range 14 to 19°C (57 to 66°F) on around the 7th of August and are at their coldest on about the 20th of February, in the range 9 to 10°C (48 to 50°F). The highest seasonal water temperatures at Red Strand (Dirk Bay) in the first part of August lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. At its coldest in mid to late February, low water temperatures at Red Strand (Dirk Bay) are suited to a 5/4mm or 5/3mm good quality wetsuit with neoprene gloves and 3mm boots. You will need a hood if it's windy or the air is cold.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Red Strand (Dirk Bay) 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 Red Strand (Dirk Bay). Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.