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Outer Cut Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Nelson – Tasman Bay, New Zealand)

Today's Outer Cut sea temperature is 22.8 °C.

Statistics for 21 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 17.7 °C, range: 16.4 °C to 19.2 °C

The water temperature (22 °C) at Outer Cut is warm and the air temperature should feel similar (windchill forecast 19 °C). If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a shorty or a summer wetsuit.

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 Outer Cut. 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.

Outer Cut 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.

Outer Cut sea water temperatures peak in the range 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F) on around the 8th of February and are at their minimum on about the 27th of August, in the range 11 to 13°C (52 to 55°F). The warmest seasonal sea water temperatures at Outer Cut in early to mid February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The minimum sea water temperatures at Outer Cut in the last days of August 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.

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