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Jacks Point water temperature
Jacks Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.3

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Jacks Point Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Canterbury, New Zealand)

Today's Jacks Point sea temperature is 17.8 °C.

Statistics for 19 Dec (1981–2005) – mean: 12.4 °C, range: 10.7 °C to 14.6 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 20 °C once we account for wind), yet at 17 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Jacks Point. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

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 Jacks Point. 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.

Jacks Point 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.

Jacks Point sea temperatures peak in the range 13 to 16°C (55 to 61°F) on around the 7th of February and are at their coldest on about the 10th of August, in the range 7 to 10°C (45 to 50°F). The warmest sea temperatures at Jacks Point in the first part of 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. The coldest sea temperatures at Jacks Point mean that you will need a flexible 6/5/4mm wetsuit or a well fitting 5/4mm wetsuit with gloves and 5mm neoprene booties and a hood to surf here in early to mid August.

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