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Cray Bay water temperature
Cray Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.2
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 4.2

Overall: 3.3

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Cray Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Hawkes Bay, New Zealand)

Today's Cray Bay sea temperature is 16.6 °C.

Statistics for 25 May (1981–2005) – mean: 15.4 °C, range: 13.9 °C to 16.5 °C

The water temperature (16 °C) at Cray Bay is quite cool. If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good sealed spring wetsuit. Some surfers would prefer to wear gloves and boots too. Effective windchill factor of (13 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

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 Cray Bay. 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.

Cray Bay 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.

Cray Bay water temperatures peak in the range 18 to 20°C (64 to 68°F) on around the 9th of February and are at their minimum on about the 23rd of August, in the range 12 to 14°C (54 to 57°F). The maximum Cray Bay water temperatures in early to mid February require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The minimum water temperatures at Cray Bay in the fourth week of 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 Cray Bay 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 Cray Bay. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.