Quarantine Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide
(Victoria – Mornington Peninsula, Australia)
Today's Quarantine sea temperature is 16.2 °C.
Statistics for 24 May (1981–2005)
– mean: 15.1 °C,
range: 13.7 °C
to 15.9 °C
The water temperature (16 °C) at Quarantine is quite cool. If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good sealed spring wetsuit. Some surfers would prefer to wear gloves and boots too. Effective windchill factor of (12 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.
Map of current Australia
Surface Water Temperatures based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Map of current Australia
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 Quarantine. 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.
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.
Quarantine sea temperatures peak in the range 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F) on around the 16th of February and are at their minimum on about the 15th of August, in the range 12 to 14°C (54 to 57°F). The warmest seasonal sea temperatures at Quarantine in the middle of February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The minimum sea temperatures at Quarantine in mid 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 Quarantine 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 Quarantine. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has stated that a magnitude 8.2 Earthquake beneath the Sea of Okhosk did not generate a destructive Tsunami. However, we suggest that local interests also listen for statements from the Japan Meteorological Agency, located much closer to the source.