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Otama Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(The Coromandel, New Zealand)

Today's Otama sea temperature is 17.9 °C.

Statistics for 26 May (1981–2005) – mean: 17.2 °C, range: 15.2 °C to 18.1 °C

The water temperature (17 °C) at Otama is fairly warm. Despite the sun, a windchill factor of (9 °C) means that surfers will need a good quality spring wetsuit; maybe even a neoprene hood. No need for neoprene boots or gloves.

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 Otama. 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.

Otama 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.

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