Typical Diving Related Weather Conditions in the Gulf of Mexico - South Padre Area

Wondering what your dive trip to the Texas Clipper or other South Padre area wrecks or artificial reefs will be like? At the same latitude as Fort Lauderdale, we are well south of Corpus Christi, and our sub-tropical yet semi-arid climate offers warm waters for most of the year, with many more days of sunshine than rain. We do enjoy a brisk cooling breeze year round, so your dive trip is more likely to be blown out than be rained out.

Typical Gulf Water Temperatures - South Padre Area
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
58 60 64 70 77 79 79 80 83 78 71 64

 

Typical Monthly Averages for Weather On the Island:

Month Avg.
High
Avg.
Low
Avg.
Precip.
Rec.
High
Rec.
Low
January 67.0° F 52.0° F 1.93 in 89.0° (01/12/1936) 22.0° F (01/13/1963)
February 70.0° F 55.0° F 1.73 in 90.0° (02/27/1954) 23.0° F (02/01/1951)
March 75.0° F 62.0° F 1.22 in 100.0° (03/28/1984) 32.0° F (03/11/1948)
April 79.0° F 67.0° F 1.79 in 94.0° (04/26/1964) 37.0° F (04/08/1938)
May 84.0° F 73.0° F 2.41 in 97.0° (05/02/1954) 52.0° F (05/01/1996)
June 88.0° F 77.0° F 1.95 in 99.0° (06/11/1936) 62.0° F (06/06/1957)
July 89.0° F 77.0° F 1.74 in 99.0° (07/11/1961) 66.0° F (07/28/1942)
August 89.0° F 77.0° F 2.13 in 99.0° (08/06/1961) 62.0° F (08/13/1967)
September 87.0° F 75.0° F 6.12 in 100.0° (09/27/1996) 55.0° F (09/23/1995)
October 83.0° F 70.0° F 3.75 in 96.0° (10/21/1941) 37.0° F (10/31/1993)
November 76.0° F 63.0° F 2.16 in 95.0° (11/05/1988) 34.0° F (11/29/1976)
December 69.0° F 54.0° F 1.63 in 90.0° (12/06/1977) 17.0° F (12/24/1989)

 

The dive sites we usually visit are approximately 100 miles southwest of the nearest NOAA weather buoy, #42020 . Additional NOAA information is available from the nearby land based Port Isabel and Mission Aransas Reserve Stations . There is another buoy in the area that tracks wind only, #42045 .

Near Shore and Offshore Gulf Weather Forecast with Wind, Tide, Wave Information for South Padre Area

For anexcellent local marine weather resource including wind speed, wave height, tides, and offshore Gulf marine forecast for the South Padre ara, please visit this page from Wunderground..

The Gulf tends to have a short wave interval year round, and high winds can mean rough seas. The summer typically offers calmer and flatter conditions than winter and spring, when strong Arctic winds bear down from the north.

 

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Weather Forecast for Port Isabel and South Padre Island

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