Tora Point Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide
(New-Zealand – Wairarapa)
Today's Tora Point sea temperature is 13.1 °C.
Statistics for 24 May (1981–2005)
– mean: 13.8 °C,
range: 12.4 °C
to 14.8 °C
The water temperature (13 °C) at Tora Point 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 (10 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.
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 Tora Point. 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.
Tora Point 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 minimum on about the 27th of August, in the range 11 to 13°C (52 to 55°F). The warmest seasonal sea water temperatures at Tora Point in early to mid February lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. At its minimum in the last days of August, low sea water temperatures at Tora Point are suited to a 5/4mm or 5/3mm good quality wetsuit with neoprene gloves and 3mm boots. You will need a hood if it's windy or the air is cold.
Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Tora Point 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 Tora Point. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has stated that a magnitude 8.2 Earthquake beneath the Sea of Okhosk did not generate a destructive Tsunami. However, we suggest that local interests also listen for statements from the Japan Meteorological Agency, located much closer to the source.