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Staithes water temperature
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Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0

Overall: 2.2

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Staithes Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(North East England, UK)

Today's Staithes sea temperature is 10.0 °C.

Statistics for 06 Dec (1981–2005) – mean: 8.8 °C, range: 8.0 °C to 9.7 °C

The water temperature (10 °C) at Staithes is fairly cold. Surfers will need a quality steamer wetsuit, a neoprene hood, gloves and boots because it will be cloudy with an effective air temperature of (9 °C).

United Kingdom Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current United Kingdom
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 Staithes. 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.

Staithes 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.

Staithes water temperatures peak in the range 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F) on around the 10th of August and are at their minimum on about the 24th of February, in the range 3 to 7°C (37 to 45°F). The highest seasonal water temperatures at Staithes in early to mid August lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The minimum water temperatures at Staithes 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 in the fourth week of February.

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