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Arataki water temperature
Arataki ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 1.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.4

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Arataki Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Bay of Plenty, New Zealand)

Today's Arataki sea temperature is 21.5 °C.

Statistics for 24 Jan (1981–2005) – mean: 20.0 °C, range: 18.8 °C to 21.4 °C

Sunny with very warm air temperatures, feeling like 26 °C once we account for any wind. Sea temperatures (21 °C) warm too. Staying warm in the water won't be a problem in board-shorts, but wear at least a rash-vest to keep the UV off.

New Zealand Sea Water Temperature

Map of current New Zealand
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
New Zealand Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current New Zealand
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Arataki. This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

Arataki Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on Surf-Forecast.com are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Arataki sea water temperatures peak in the range 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F) on around the 7th of February and are at their coldest on about the 29th of August, in the range 13 to 15°C (55 to 59°F). Arataki sea water temperatures are maximum in the first part of February. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The coldest sea water temperatures at Arataki in late August are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Arataki can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at Arataki. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.

 

TSUNAMI WARNING:

 23rd Jan 2018 09:31:41 AM UTC: FOLLOWING ALASKA MAGNITUDE 8.2 EQ.
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