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Porangahau River Mouth water temperature
Porangahau River Mouth ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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Porangahau River Mouth Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(The Wairarapa, New Zealand)

Today's Porangahau River Mouth sea temperature is 16.2 °C.

Statistics for 23 Apr (1981–2005) – mean: 16.2 °C, range: 14.9 °C to 17.3 °C

The water temperature (16 °C) at Porangahau River Mouth is quite cool. If the sun shines as we have forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good spring wetsuit. Effective windchill factor of (15 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

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)

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Porangahau River Mouth. 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.

Porangahau River Mouth 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.

Porangahau River Mouth sea temperatures peak in the range 17 to 20°C (63 to 68°F) on around the 7th of February and are at their minimum on about the 27th of August, in the range 12 to 14°C (54 to 57°F). The maximum Porangahau River Mouth sea temperatures in the first part of February require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The minimum sea temperatures at Porangahau River Mouth 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 Porangahau River Mouth 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 Porangahau River Mouth. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.