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Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 3.0

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Caves Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Nullarbor, Australia)

Today's Caves sea temperature is 18.9 °C.

Statistics for 27 Nov (1981–2005) – mean: 17.8 °C, range: 16.6 °C to 19.1 °C

A big contrast between hot air temperatures (feeling like 35 °C once we account for wind), and cool water temperature (18 °C) at Caves. Surfers will need a thin summer wetsuit.

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 Caves. 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.

Caves Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Caves sea temperatures peak in the range 19 to 21°C (66 to 70°F) on around the 14th of February and are at their lowest on about the 30th of August, in the range 15 to 16°C (59 to 61°F). Caves sea temperatures are maximum in mid February. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The lowest seasonal sea temperatures at Caves at the tail of August lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Caves 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 Caves. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.