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Inner Cut water temperature
Inner Cut ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 1.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Crowds: 3.5
Accommodation: 5.0

Overall: 3.0

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Inner Cut Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Nelson – Tasman Bay, New Zealand)

Today's Inner Cut sea temperature is 22.8 °C.

Statistics for 21 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 17.6 °C, range: 16.3 °C to 19.2 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 20 °C once we account for wind), and similar sea temperatures (22 °C). Wear boardshorts or a shorty, or better still a thin summer wetsuit to keep the UV off.

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)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Inner Cut. 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.

Inner Cut 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.

Inner Cut sea water temperatures peak in the range 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F) on around the 8th of February and are at their lowest on about the 27th of August, in the range 11 to 13°C (52 to 55°F). The highest seasonal sea water temperatures at Inner Cut in early to mid February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The lowest sea water temperatures at Inner Cut in the last days 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 Inner Cut 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 Inner Cut. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.