Adelaide Sea Temperature

Looking to find out what the sea water temperature in Adelaide is for today and the next few days? Below are data and charts that will give you information about sea temperatures in Adelaide and nearby locations.

Water temperature in Adelaide right now

Below is the current sea temperature for Adelaide, Australia on 1st December 2023.

18.64° C

(65.55° F)

  • yesterday: 18.53° C (65.36° F)
  • a week ago: 18.81° C (65.86° F)

At this temperature, water will feel cold compared to a swimming pool, but with a bit of experience and practice most people will find the water relatively comfortable to swim in.

The average sea temperature for Adelaide on December 1st over the last 10 years is 19° C (66.21° F), with a low temperature of 17.73° C (63.91° F) and a high of 20.38° C (68.68° F).

Analysis and forecast for Adelaide water temperatures

The water temperature in Adelaide today is lower than the average temperature of 19° C (66.21° F) and the temperature on this day last year, 1st December 2022, was 18.59° C (65.46° F).

The chart and table below shows the change in water temperature in Adelaide over the last 30 days:

Date Temperature (Celsius) Temperature (Fahrenheit)
December 1 18.64° C 65.55° F
November 30 18.53° C 65.36° F
November 29 18.69° C 65.64° F
November 28 18.33° C 64.99° F
November 27 18.81° C 65.86° F
November 26 18.83° C 65.89° F
November 25 18.82° C 65.88° F
November 24 18.81° C 65.86° F
November 23 18.55° C 65.39° F
November 22 18.8° C 65.84° F
November 21 18.7° C 65.66° F
November 20 18.65° C 65.57° F
November 19 18.41° C 65.14° F
November 18 18.04° C 64.47° F
November 17 17.84° C 64.11° F
November 16 17.54° C 63.57° F
November 15 18.07° C 64.53° F
November 14 18.07° C 64.53° F
November 13 18.3° C 64.94° F
November 12 18.12° C 64.62° F
November 11 18.42° C 65.16° F
November 10 18.59° C 65.46° F
November 9 18.2° C 64.76° F
November 8 17.81° C 64.06° F
November 7 17.58° C 63.64° F
November 6 17.33° C 63.19° F
November 5 17.16° C 62.89° F
November 4 16.9° C 62.42° F
November 3 16.71° C 62.08° F
November 2 16.62° C 61.92° F
November 1 16.53° C 61.75° F

The actual nearshore temperatures may vary by several degrees and this can also be heavily affected by weather. Strong winds can cause cold, deep waters to replace the surface waters that had been warmed by the sun, and heavy rain can also reduce the temperature of the sea surface temperature as well.

Water temperature in Adelaide by month

The chart below shows the monthly average water temperature in Adelaide.

For more detailed information on how the sea temperature in Adelaide changes for each month of the year, choose from the months below.

Adelaide map and nearby water temperatures

Locations near Adelaide

The highest temperature in Australia today is 31.37° C (88.47° F) in Darwin. The lowest is in Bruny Island, where the temperature of the water is 13.26° C (55.87° F).

Why measure sea surface temperatures (SST) in Adelaide?

The ocean covers about 71% of the Earth's surface, and scientists record the sea surface temperature (SST) of locations such as Adelaide because they want to understand and learn how the ocean communicates with the atomosphere of Earth.

SST is one measure that provides information on the global climate, and it can be used to predict the weather in Adelaide as well as atmospheric model simulations and to study marine ecosystems in the area.

Data source and citation

Raw data for the calculations made to find the sea surface temperature in Adelaide comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and their 1/4° daily Optimum Interpolation Sea Surface Temperature.

The water temperature data is constructed by combining observations from different platforms (satellites, ships, buoys, and Argo floats) on a regular global grid. A spatially complete sea surface temperature map is then built by interpolating to fill in gaps in the data.

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