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Dunedin - Blue Tops water temperature
Dunedin - Blue Tops ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 3.2

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Dunedin – Blue Tops Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Otago, New Zealand)

Today's Dunedin - Blue Tops sea temperature is 15.5 °C.

Statistics for 24 Mar (1981–2005) – mean: 12.2 °C, range: 10.0 °C to 13.5 °C

The Dunedin - Blue Tops water temperature is rather cool (15 °C) and the air temperature will feel about the same. A good quality spring wetsuit with optional neoprene boots should suffice. No need for wetsuit gloves.

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)

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Dunedin - Blue Tops. 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.

Dunedin - Blue Tops Water Temperature Graph

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

Dunedin - Blue Tops sea temperatures peak in the range 12 to 14°C (54 to 57°F) on around the 9th of February and are at their minimum on about the 10th of August, in the range 7 to 10°C (45 to 50°F). The highest sea temperatures at Dunedin - Blue Tops in early to mid February 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. The minimum sea temperatures at Dunedin - Blue Tops mean that you will need a flexible 6/5/4mm wetsuit or a well fitting 5/4mm wetsuit with gloves and 5mm neoprene booties and a hood to surf here in early to mid August.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Dunedin - Blue Tops 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 Dunedin - Blue Tops. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.