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Broken Head water temperature
Broken Head ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.2
Consistency of Surf: 2.2
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.0

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Broken Head Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(North Coast – New South Wales, Australia)

Today's Broken Head sea temperature is 20.8 °C.

Statistics for 23 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 22.1 °C, range: 21.1 °C to 23.0 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 23 °C once we account for wind), and similar sea temperatures (20 °C). Wear boardshorts or a shorty, or better still a thin summer wetsuit to keep the UV off.

Australia Sea Water Temperature

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

Map of current Australia
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 Broken Head. 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.

Broken Head 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.

Broken Head water temperatures peak in the range 25 to 27°C (77 to 81°F) on around the 5th of February and are at their minimum on about the 16th of August, in the range 19 to 21°C (66 to 70°F). Year round warm water temperatures at Broken Head climb to their warmest at the beginning of February. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Broken Head water temperatures are minimum in the middle of August. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Broken Head 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 Broken Head. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.