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Cape Paterson Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(East Coast of Victoria, Australia)

Today's Cape Paterson sea temperature is 17.9 °C.

Statistics for 07 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 17.9 °C, range: 16.0 °C to 18.9 °C

The water temperature (17 °C) at Cape Paterson is relatively warm. If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a summer wetsuit. Effective air temperature of 14 °C.

Australia Sea Water Temperature

Map of current Australia
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Australia Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current Australia
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 Cape Paterson. 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.

Cape Paterson 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.

Cape Paterson water temperatures peak in the range 17 to 20°C (63 to 68°F) on around the 28th of February and are at their coldest on about the 15th of August, in the range 12 to 13°C (54 to 55°F). The warmest Cape Paterson water temperatures in the fourth week of February require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The coldest water temperatures at Cape Paterson in mid 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 Cape Paterson 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 Cape Paterson. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.