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Pouawa Beach water temperature
Pouawa Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.0

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Pouawa Beach Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Gisborne and Mahia, New Zealand)

Today's Pouawa Beach sea temperature is 20.9 °C.

Statistics for 21 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 19.8 °C, range: 18.2 °C to 21.3 °C

Sunny with very warm air temperatures, feeling like 27 °C once we account for any wind. Sea temperatures (20 °C) warm too. Staying warm in the water won't be a problem in board-shorts, but wear at least a rash-vest to keep the UV off.

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 Pouawa 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.

Pouawa Beach 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.

Pouawa Beach water temperatures peak in the range 18 to 21°C (64 to 70°F) on around the 9th of February and are at their lowest on about the 27th of August, in the range 13 to 15°C (55 to 59°F). The warmest Pouawa Beach water temperatures in early to mid February require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The lowest water temperatures at Pouawa Beach 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 Pouawa 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 Pouawa Beach. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.