Scarborough water temperature
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Difficulty Level: 2.2
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Scarborough Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Canterbury, New Zealand)

Today's Scarborough sea temperature is 15.7 °C.

Statistics for 27 Nov (1981–2005) – mean: 12.0 °C, range: 10.7 °C to 13.1 °C

The water temperature (15 °C) at Scarborough is quite cool. If the sun shines as we have forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good spring wetsuit. Effective windchill factor of (19 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

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 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.

Scarborough 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.

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.

 

 

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