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Taits Beach (Waikari River) water temperature
Taits Beach (Waikari River) ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0

Overall: 2.4

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Taits Beach (Waikari River) Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Hawkes Bay, New Zealand)

Today's Taits Beach (Waikari River) sea temperature is 13.7 °C.

Statistics for 16 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 14.4 °C, range: 13.5 °C to 15.9 °C

The water temperature (13 °C) at Taits Beach (Waikari River) 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 (14 °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 Taits Beach (Waikari River). 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.

Taits Beach (Waikari River) 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.

Taits Beach water temperatures peak in the range 18 to 21°C (64 to 70°F) on around the 9th of February and are at their lowest on about the 24th of August, in the range 13 to 14°C (55 to 57°F). The maximum Taits Beach water temperatures in early to mid February require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The lowest water temperatures at Taits Beach in the fourth week of 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 Taits Beach (Waikari River) 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 Taits Beach (Waikari River). Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.