Richards Bay Water Temperature

(Today) 2024

21.7°C / 71.1°F

The water will feel tepid. Swimming will be tolerable without a wetsuit, although it will take a little getting used to. If you intend to stay in the water for a while a 3/2mm wetsuit will be ideal.

Current weather

17°C / 63°F
(scattered clouds)
Partly cloudy
Wind
10 mph
Humidity
68%

The measurements for the water temperature in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal are provided by the daily satellite readings provided by the NOAA. The temperatures given are the sea surface temperature (SST) which is most relevant to recreational users.

*Live data may vary from satellite readings for a number of reasons. These include local factors, depth of smapling and time of day.

Water temp by month

Monthly average max / min water temperatures

The graph below shows the range of monthly Richards Bay water temperature derived from many years of historical sea surface temperature data.

Richards Bay average maximum / minimum water temperatures
Maximum and minimum monthly sea temperatures in Richards Bay
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min °C 25 25.5 25.6 23.6 23.2 21.9 20.2 20.1 21.5 21.1 21.9 23.6
Max °C 28.1 27.8 27.7 27.3 25 23.7 23.8 22.7 23.2 24.2 25 26.7
Min °F 78.2 78.8 78.9 75.9 74.5 72.1 69.8 69.2 71.3 71.2 72.6 75.7
Max °F 81.3 81.1 81 79.6 76.3 73.9 73.4 71.8 73 74.3 75.7 78.8

The warmest water temperature is in February with an average around 79.9°F / 26.6°C. The coldest month is August with an average water temperature of 70.5°F / 21.4°C.


7 day tide forecast for Richards Bay

ThuFriSatSunMonTueWed
  • Low 12:12am
    (0.29m)
  • High 6:13am
    (1.86m)
  • Low 12:23pm
    (0.21m)
  • High 6:41pm
    (1.94m)
  • Low 12:52am
    (0.37m)
  • High 6:53am
    (1.77m)
  • Low 1:03pm
    (0.32m)
  • High 7:23pm
    (1.83m)
  • Low 1:36am
    (0.48m)
  • High 7:36am
    (1.64m)
  • Low 1:46pm
    (0.45m)
  • High 8:09pm
    (1.7m)
  • Low 2:26am
    (0.61m)
  • High 8:27am
    (1.5m)
  • Low 2:37pm
    (0.61m)
  • High 9:07pm
    (1.56m)
  • Low 3:32am
    (0.73m)
  • High 9:37am
    (1.36m)
  • Low 3:49pm
    (0.75m)
  • High 10:28pm
    (1.45m)
  • Low 5:09am
    (0.79m)
  • High 11:26am
    (1.3m)
  • Low 5:37pm
    (0.82m)
  • High 12:12am
    (1.43m)
  • Low 6:53am
    (0.75m)
  • High 1:11pm
    (1.37m)
  • Low 7:16pm
    (0.77m)
7 day tide times for Richards Bay

*These tide times are estimates based on the nearest accurate location (Durban, South Africa) and may differ by up to half an hour depending on distance. Please note, the tide times given are not suitable for navigational purposes.