Dinner Plates Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide
(Catlins, New Zealand)
- Weather State
- Spot Info
Today's Dinner Plates sea temperature is 11.9 °C.
Statistics for 26 May (1981–2005)
– mean: 10.3 °C,
range: 8.2 °C
to 11.8 °C
The water temperature (11 °C) at Dinner Plates is quite cold. Despite the sun, windchill of 7 °C means that surfers will need plenty of neoprene. Wear a quality winter wetsuit, a neoprene hood, gloves and boots. A windchill factor of (7 °C).
Map of current New Zealand
Surface Water Temperatures based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
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 Dinner Plates. 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.
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.
Dinner Plates sea water temperatures peak in the range 12 to 15°C (54 to 59°F) on around the 10th of February and are at their lowest on about the 31st of August, in the range 8 to 11°C (46 to 52°F). The highest sea water temperatures at Dinner Plates 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. At its lowest at the end of August, low sea water temperatures at Dinner Plates are suited to a 5/4mm or 5/3mm good quality wetsuit with neoprene gloves and 3mm boots. You will need a hood if it's windy or the air is cold.
Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Dinner Plates 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 Dinner Plates. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.
Do you have old images of surf? Simply upload them to the photo gallery and we will search our vast archive of forecasts and display the open water swell sizes, directions and periods, as well as wind and tide at the time of the image. It's a really useful way of knowing what to look for in the forecast tables.