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Sea Water Quality & Temperature

Sea Water Quality

The European Union's Bathing Water Directive (BWD) sets standards of bathing water quality for all popular beaches in EU countries. There are two standards - Mandatory, to which all beaches must adhere, and Guideline, which is the most stringent standard signifying excellent quality bathing water. During the summer period the Environment Agency carries out tests of the quality of Eastbourne's sea water between the Pier and the Wish Tower to check it adheres to BWD standards - the results of these tests are available to download below:

Download Sea Water Quality test results Latest Sea Water Quality Results 2004 (PDF, 28kb)

Temperature

Sea water temperature is measured daily by Eastbourne Borough Council's Meterological team. The table below shows monthly averages in centigrade for 2004, 2003, 2002 and 2001.

Sea Water Temperature °C
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
June
July
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
2004
7.3
6.9
6.4
9.7
12.8
16.0
17.2
19.1
17.0
13.8
10.8
8.1
2003
8.9
5.8
7.3
9.5
12.7
16.4
18.5
19.9
17.7
13.8
11.0
8.3
2002
5.9
8.3
8.4
10.1
12.7
15.8
17.5
19.3
17.4
14.2
12.2
8.2
2001
6.4
6.5
6.4
8.8
11.7
15.3
18.0
18.9
16.6
15.6
11.1
7.5

 

 

 

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