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Leithfield Beach water temperature
Leithfield Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Leithfield Beach Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Canterbury, New Zealand)

Today's Leithfield Beach sea temperature is 8.9 °C.

Statistics for 16 Jul (1981–2005) – mean: 9.7 °C, range: 8.8 °C to 10.6 °C

The Leithfield Beach water temperature (8 °C) is very cold. Although it will be cloudy today, air temperatures will be relatively mild, feeling like 12 °C. Despite the mild air, surfers will need plenty of neoprene: a good winter wetsuit, a neoprene hood, gloves and boots.

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 Leithfield Beach. 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.

Leithfield Beach 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.

Leithfield Beach water temperatures peak in the range 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F) on around the 7th of February and are at their lowest on about the 3rd of August, in the range 9 to 10°C (48 to 50°F). The highest seasonal water temperatures at Leithfield Beach in the first part of February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. At its lowest at the start of August, low water temperatures at Leithfield Beach 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 Leithfield Beach 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 Leithfield Beach. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.

 

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.