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Purakaunui Bay water temperature
Purakaunui Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.7

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Purakaunui Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Catlins, New Zealand)

Today's Purakaunui Bay sea temperature is 10.3 °C.

Statistics for 19 Jul (1981–2005) – mean: 9.3 °C, range: 8.0 °C to 10.8 °C

The water temperature (10 °C) at Purakaunui Bay is quite cold. If the sun shines as forecast, it should feel warm enough to get away with a good sealed spring wetsuit but you won't overheat in a winter wetsuit, gloves boots and a hood. Effective windchill factor of (10 °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 Purakaunui Bay. 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.

Purakaunui Bay 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.

Purakaunui Bay sea water temperatures peak in the range 12 to 14°C (54 to 57°F) on around the 9th of February and are at their minimum on about the 5th of August, in the range 8 to 10°C (46 to 50°F). The warmest sea water temperatures at Purakaunui Bay 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. At its minimum at the beginning of August, low sea water temperatures at Purakaunui Bay are suited to a 5/4mm or 5/3mm good quality wetsuit with neoprene gloves and 3mm boots. You will need a hood if it's windy or the air is cold.

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