Temperature of North Sea

December 30, 2016
Sea surface temperature
United Kingdom Sea Water Temperature

Very cold water temperature (6 °C) at North Berwick. 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.

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

Map of current United Kingdom
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 North Berwick. 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.

United Kingdom Water Temperature Anomaly

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.

North Berwick sea temperatures peak in the range 13 to 16°C (55 to 61°F) on around the 10th of August and are at their lowest on about the 28th of February, in the range 4 to 8°C (39 to 46°F). The warmest sea temperatures at North Berwick in early to mid 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 lowest sea temperatures at North Berwick 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 North Berwick 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 North Berwick. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.

Source: www.surf-forecast.com
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