All data are in degrees Fahrenheit


Water temperature in Kirkwall

Detailed information about the current water temperature in Kirkwall. The trend over the last two weeks, daily averages, and precise forecast of the water temperature changes. Gain a deeper understanding of seasonal dynamics with monthly statistical analyses covering recent years.
Sea temperature in Kirkwall now



July 14, 05:56











Day Length:

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Kirkwall in July







Sea water temperature in Kirkwall today

As of now, in Kirkwall, the water temperature is 53.5°F. Swimming in water of this temperature is considered as extremely cold, and there's a substantial risk of hypothermia if exposed for more than a brief duration. Today's reading is 0.2°F lower than the average recorded on this particular day in recent years. The sea temperature remains approximately unchanged from yesterday. According to the forecast, we expect the temperature to rise a bit.

Recent sea temperature and forecast

The water temperature today is above average for the last two weeks, showing a small increase in temperature. It also falls within the range of the average temperature recorded for this date, suggesting a consistent weather trend. The maximum temperature recorded for this date was 54.7°F on 2014, while the historical minimum was 51.9°F on 2015.

Over the past two weeks, the water temperature has closely aligned with historical averages for those days. The forecast for the upcoming week suggests a gradual increase. The average temperature is expected to rise up to 53.9°F, with minimum temperature starting at 53.7°F, while the maximum might reach 54.1°F.

Daily water temperature in Kirkwall

Date Current Year

actual* / forecast**

last year 10 years average
Jun 30 52.9°F 55.0°F 52.5°F
Jul 1 53.1°F 54.5°F 52.8°F
Jul 2 53.0°F 54.4°F 52.9°F
Jul 3 52.6°F 54.1°F 52.7°F
Jul 4 52.6°F 53.8°F 53.0°F
Jul 5 53.3°F 54.3°F 53.1°F
Jul 6 53.2°F 54.1°F 53.2°F
Jul 7 53.2°F 55.2°F 53.3°F
Jul 8 53.1°F 54.4°F 53.1°F
Jul 9 53.1°F 54.9°F 53.1°F
Jul 10 53.8°F 54.2°F 53.1°F
Jul 11 53.7°F 54.8°F 53.4°F
Jul 12 53.5°F 54.7°F 53.4°F
Jul 13 53.4°F 54.6°F 53.6°F
Jul 14 53.5°F 54.4°F 53.6°F
Jul 15 53.7°F 56.1°F 53.9°F
Jul 16 53.8°F 56.4°F 54.0°F
Jul 17 53.7°F 56.1°F 53.9°F
Jul 18 53.9°F 56.1°F 54.1°F
Jul 19 53.9°F 55.8°F 54.1°F
Jul 20 54.1°F 55.6°F 54.2°F
Jul 21 54.0°F 55.5°F 54.2°F

* actual - actual temperature values

** forecast - projected values for the next week

Real-time coastal temperatures could deviate by several degrees from the provided readings. These deviations often become evident following intense rainfall or strong winds.

Our forecasting methodology leverages a mathematical model, that uses current water and weather conditions, historical records, wind intensity and direction.

Sea water temperature in Kirkwall by month

In an average year, Kirkwall offers no days when the water temperature is warm enough to swim comfortably.
The warmest water in Kirkwall was recorded on September 10, 2023, reaching a 58.0°F. While the coldest temperature occurred on March 21, 2018, dipping to 42.2°F. The average readings by season are 46.4°F in Winter, 45.9°F in Spring, 53.5°F in Summer, and 53.4°F in Autumn.