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Steps Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Okinawa, Japan)

Today's Steps sea temperature is 21.8 °C.

Statistics for 06 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 22.1 °C, range: 21.1 °C to 23.8 °C

Warm in and out of the water temperature at Steps today, but forecast to be overcast. With sea temperatures of 21 °C and a wind chill of 21 °C, most surfers will choose a shorty or a summer suit or just board shorts.

Japan Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Japan
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 Steps. 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.

Steps 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.

Steps water temperatures peak in the range 28 to 30°C (82 to 86°F) on around the 19th of July and are at their minimum on about the 23rd of February, in the range 21 to 24°C (70 to 75°F). Year round warm water temperatures at Steps climb to their maximum in the third week of July. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Steps water temperatures are minimum in the fourth week of February. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up.

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