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Watamu Bay water temperature
Watamu Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 3.4

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Watamu Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Kenya)

Today's Watamu Bay sea temperature is 28.9 °C.

Statistics for 11 Apr (1981–2005) – mean: 29.3 °C, range: 28.3 °C to 30.4 °C

Sunny with very warm air temperatures, feeling like 29 °C once we account for any wind. Sea temperatures (28 °C) very warm too. Staying comfortable in the water at Watamu Bay won't be a problem, but wear at least a rash-vest to keep the UV off.

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Watamu 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.

Watamu 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.

Watamu Bay water temperatures peak in the range 29 to 30°C (84 to 86°F) on around the 26th of March and are at their lowest on about the 14th of August, in the range 24 to 26°C (75 to 79°F). Year round warm water temperatures at Watamu Bay mean that a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year

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

 

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.