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Richards Bay (Outside) Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, South Africa)

Today's Richards Bay (Outside) sea temperature is 22.2 °C.

Statistics for 19 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 22.5 °C, range: 21.2 °C to 23.3 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 23 °C once we account for wind), and similar sea temperatures (22 °C). Wear boardshorts or a shorty, or better still a thin summer wetsuit to keep the UV off.

South Africa Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current South Africa
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 Richards Bay (Outside). 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.

Richards Bay (Outside) 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.

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