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New Brighton Beach water temperature
New Brighton Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.6
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 2.8

Overall: 3.1

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New Brighton Beach Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Canterbury, New Zealand)

Today's New Brighton Beach sea temperature is 18.0 °C.

Statistics for 20 Mar (1981–2005) – mean: 13.9 °C, range: 11.9 °C to 15.2 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 22 °C once we account for wind), yet at 18 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at New Brighton Beach. 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 New Brighton 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.

New Brighton Beach Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

New Brighton Beach sea water temperatures peak in the range 14 to 18°C (57 to 64°F) on around the 12th of February and are at their lowest on about the 2nd of August, in the range 8 to 10°C (46 to 50°F). The highest seasonal sea water temperatures at New Brighton Beach in the second week of February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. At its lowest in early August, low sea water temperatures at New Brighton 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 New Brighton 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 New Brighton Beach. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.