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Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay water temperature
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Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Otago Peninsula – Sandfly Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Otago, New Zealand)

Today's Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay sea temperature is 11.6 °C.

Statistics for 12 Dec (1981–2005) – mean: 11.4 °C, range: 9.9 °C to 13.2 °C

The Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay water temperature is rather cold (11 °C). Although it will be cloudy today, air temperatures will be relatively mild, feeling like 10 °C, so feeling about the same in the water as out of it. A winter steamer or even a good quality spring wetsuit and neoprene boots should suffice. Wear a hood and gloves if you have not been surfing for a while.

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 Otago Peninsula - Sandfly 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.

Otago Peninsula - Sandfly 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.

Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay sea temperatures peak in the range 12 to 15°C (54 to 59°F) on around the 8th of February and are at their coldest on about the 5th of August, in the range 7 to 10°C (45 to 50°F). The warmest sea temperatures at Otago Peninsula - Sandfly 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. The coldest sea temperatures at Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay 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 at the beginning of August.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Otago Peninsula - Sandfly 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 Otago Peninsula - Sandfly Bay. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.