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Strathy Bay water temperature
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Difficulty Level: 1.0
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Strathy Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Scotland – North Coast, UK)

Today's Strathy Bay sea temperature is 8.7 °C.

Statistics for 17 Jan (1981–2005) – mean: 8.2 °C, range: 6.9 °C to 9.1 °C

Very cold water temperature (8 °C) at Strathy Bay. Despite the sunshine, even with a thick winter wetsuit, neoprene hood, gloves and boots it will be difficult to stay comfortable in the sea for long today.

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 Strathy 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.

Strathy 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.

Strathy Bay sea temperatures peak in the range 12 to 15°C (54 to 59°F) on around the 13th of August and are at their minimum on about the 25th of February, in the range 6 to 8°C (43 to 46°F). The maximum sea temperatures at Strathy Bay in the third week of August are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days. The minimum sea temperatures at Strathy Bay 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 late February.

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