Scarborough Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide
(Canterbury, New Zealand)
- Weather State
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Today's Scarborough sea temperature is 12.8 °C.
Statistics for 27 May (1981–2005)
– mean: 10.6 °C,
range: 9.0 °C
to 11.8 °C
The water temperature (12 °C) at Scarborough 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).
Map of current New Zealand
Surface Water Temperatures based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
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 Scarborough. 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.
Scarborough sea temperatures peak in the range 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F) on around the 12th of February and are at their lowest on about the 20th of August, in the range 8 to 10°C (46 to 50°F). The highest seasonal sea temperatures at Scarborough in the second week of February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The lowest sea temperatures at Scarborough 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 in mid to late August.
Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Scarborough 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 Scarborough. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.
Do you have old images of surf? Simply upload them to the photo gallery and we will search our vast archive of forecasts and display the open water swell sizes, directions and periods, as well as wind and tide at the time of the image. It's a really useful way of knowing what to look for in the forecast tables.