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Patiti Point water temperature
Patiti Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.0

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Patiti Point Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Canterbury, New Zealand)

Today's Patiti Point sea temperature is 10.3 °C.

Statistics for 26 Sep (1981–2005) – mean: 9.2 °C, range: 7.8 °C to 10.5 °C

The water temperature (10 °C) at Patiti Point is quite cold. Despite the sun, windchill of 8 °C means that surfers will need plenty of neoprene. Wear a quality winter wetsuit, a neoprene hood, gloves and boots. A windchill factor of (8 °C).

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 Patiti 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.

Patiti 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.

Patiti Point sea water temperatures peak in the range 13 to 17°C (55 to 63°F) on around the 10th of February and are at their minimum on about the 10th of August, in the range 7 to 10°C (45 to 50°F). The warmest sea water temperatures at Patiti Point in early to mid 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 minimum sea water temperatures at Patiti 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 Patiti 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 Patiti Point. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.