Santa Cruz Water Temperature

(Today) 2024

11.4°C / 52.5°F

The water will feel cool (fresh). Probably too cold for all but seasoned swimmers. We'd recommend a 4mm or 5mm wetsuit if you want to stay in the water.

*Live data from MBM1: 11.9°C / 53.4°F

Current weather

12°C / 54°F
(clear sky)
Partly cloudy
Wind
3 mph
Humidity
90%

The measurements for the water temperature in Santa Cruz, California 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 Santa Cruz water temperature derived from many years of historical sea surface temperature data.

Santa Cruz average maximum / minimum water temperatures
Maximum and minimum monthly sea temperatures in Santa Cruz
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min °C 10.8 10.7 11 10.6 10.3 10.7 12.6 13.2 13.7 13 12.4 12.1
Max °C 14 14 14.3 13.8 14.5 14.4 15.2 15.6 15.8 15.8 14.7 14.2
Min °F 52.7 52.5 53.1 52.4 52.2 52.7 55.7 56.7 57.5 56.5 55.2 54.6
Max °F 55.9 55.8 56.4 55.6 56.4 56.4 58.3 59.1 59.6 59.3 57.5 56.7

The warmest water temperature is in September with an average around 58.5°F / 14.7°C. The coldest month is April with an average water temperature of 54°F / 12.2°C.


7 day tide forecast for Santa Cruz

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
  • Low 6:48am
    (-0.41m)
  • High 2:33pm
    (1.27m)
  • Low 6:27pm
    (0.99m)
  • High 12:26am
    (1.7m)
  • Low 7:32am
    (-0.35m)
  • High 3:10pm
    (1.31m)
  • Low 7:34pm
    (0.92m)
  • High 1:19am
    (1.57m)
  • Low 8:17am
    (-0.25m)
  • High 3:48pm
    (1.37m)
  • Low 8:52pm
    (0.81m)
  • High 2:19am
    (1.39m)
  • Low 9:03am
    (-0.09m)
  • High 4:27pm
    (1.45m)
  • Low 10:15pm
    (0.65m)
  • High 3:32am
    (1.19m)
  • Low 9:52am
    (0.11m)
  • High 5:07pm
    (1.55m)
  • Low 11:34pm
    (0.44m)
  • High 5:03am
    (1.02m)
  • Low 10:45am
    (0.33m)
  • High 5:49pm
    (1.65m)
  • Low 12:42am
    (0.2m)
  • High 6:56am
    (0.96m)
  • Low 11:43am
    (0.54m)
  • High 6:33pm
    (1.74m)
7 day tide times for Santa Cruz

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