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Bowentown Bar water temperature
Bowentown Bar ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Bowentown Bar Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Bay of Plenty, New Zealand)

Today's Bowentown Bar sea temperature is 22.9 °C.

Statistics for 24 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 20.6 °C, range: 19.0 °C to 21.8 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 21 °C once we account for wind), and similar sea temperatures (22 °C). Wear boardshorts or a shorty, or better still a thin summer wetsuit 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 Bowentown Bar. 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.

Bowentown Bar 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.

Bowentown Bar 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 lowest on about the 21st of August, in the range 13 to 15°C (55 to 59°F). Bowentown Bar 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 lowest sea water temperatures at Bowentown Bar in mid to 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 Bowentown Bar 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 Bowentown Bar. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.