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Hat Head water temperature
Hat Head ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 2.7

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Hat Head Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Port Macquarie, Australia)

Today's Hat Head sea temperature is 20.3 °C.

Statistics for 25 Aug (1981–2005) – mean: 19.5 °C, range: 18.3 °C to 20.3 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 24 °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 Hat 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.

Hat 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.

Hat Head sea water temperatures peak in the range 24 to 26°C (75 to 79°F) on around the 6th of February and are at their minimum on about the 16th of August, in the range 18 to 20°C (64 to 68°F). Hat Head sea water temperatures are always warm reach their maximum in the first week of February. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy. The minimum Hat Head sea water temperatures in the middle of August require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit.

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