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The Reef Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide


Today's The Reef sea temperature is 28.8 °C.

Statistics for 18 Aug (1981–2005) – mean: 27.6 °C, range: 26.3 °C to 28.7 °C

Very warm air temperatures and very warm water(28 °C) too at The Reef, warm enough for wearing board shorts and a rash vest in the surf. Cloudy, but feeling very pleasant in and out of the water.

Bermuda Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Bermuda
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 The Reef. 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.

The Reef 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.

The Reef sea temperatures peak in the range 26 to 29°C (79 to 84°F) on around the 7th of August and are at their minimum on about the 1st of March, in the range 19 to 20°C (66 to 68°F). Year round warm sea temperatures at The Reef climb to their highest in the first part of August. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. The minimum The Reef sea temperatures at the beginning of March require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit.

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