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Charleston ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.8

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Charleston Surf Forecast / West Coast South Island / New Zealand

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 5 pm Friday 14 May 2021 NZST
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Charleston surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Charleston sea temperature is 15.9 °C (Statistics for 14 May 1981-2005 - mean: 14.8 max: 16.6 min: 12.3 °C)
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Charleston surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Charleston sea temperature is 15.9 °C (Statistics for 14 May 1981-2005 - mean: 14.8 max: 16.6 min: 12.3 °C)

Eyeball surf reportRecent Eyeball Surf Reports for West Coast South Island

  1. weather stationWind Update The wind is still cross-off at Charleston (moderate winds from the NE at Westport 13 km from Charleston).

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Actual: 40 min ago

Moderate
20 km/h
NE
Cross-Off
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Charleston this week:

The surf forecast for Charleston over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Saturday (May 15) at 12PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.2m and 15s period with a secondary swell of 1.8m and 9s. Another secondary swell of 1.4m and 7s is also forecast. The wind is predicted to be cross-onshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Charleston in the next 12 days are 5.5m 15s and forecast to arrive on Wednesday (May 19) at 12AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-onshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 2.4m 8s period and expected on Saturday (May 15) at 12AM.

Wave TypeTime (NZST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+)12PM (Sat 15th May)4ft (1.2m) 15s
Best Surf 3PM (Tue 18th May)15ft (4.5m) 11s
Most Powerful12AM (Wed 19th May)18ft (5.5m) 15s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Charleston over the next 12 days.

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Fri
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
Tuesday
25
Wed
26
PMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
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T newzealand.htsgw.metric.120.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.144.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.168.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.192.cc23
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0.8
WSW
0.7
WSW
2.3
NNW
1.3
WSW
1.4
WSW
1.5
WSW
2.5
NNW
1.7
WSW
1.4
WSW
1.2
WSW
2.1
WSW
3.5
WSW
4.5
WSW
5.5
WSW
6
WSW
5
WSW
4
WSW
3
WSW
2.5
WSW
2.2
WSW
2.5
WSW
3
WSW
3
WSW
2.5
WSW
2.3
WSW
2.1
WSW
2
WSW
3
WSW
3
WSW
3.5
WSW
3
WSW
2.5
WSW
2
WSW
1.7
WSW
1.3
WSW
1
WSW
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16615888468767368190411917214901387273750911200895807966511627602157146119351373310221351766175016447082613169054950282215761043551292
15
NNE
30
N
25
SW
15
SW
10
ENE
35
N
30
N
20
SW
5
SSW
15
N
20
WSW
40
WSW
35
SW
35
W
30
SW
20
SW
10
NW
10
SW
5
WSW
25
WSW
25
SSW
20
SSW
5
SSE
5
SSE
15
SW
10
SSE
10
SSE
20
SW
10
SSE
10
SSE
5
NNE
10
ENE
5
E
5
NE
0
WNW
5
NNE
crosscrosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
crosscross-
on
crosscrosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
crosscross-
on
crosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
crosscrossglassglasscrosscross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
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12:25AM
2.62
12:44PM
2.54
1:03AM
2.54
1:24PM
2.44
1:44AM
2.45
2:09PM
2.35
2:31AM
2.38
3:01PM
2.28
3:26AM
2.33
4:02PM
2.26
4:28AM
2.34
5:07PM
2.29
5:33AM
2.42
6:12PM
2.40
6:35AM
2.56
7:11PM
2.56
7:33AM
2.73
8:06PM
2.74
8:27AM
2.90
8:57PM
2.91
9:19AM
3.03
9:47PM
3.04
10:10AM
3.11
6:15PM
0.43
6:36AM
0.45
6:52PM
0.51
7:15AM
0.53
7:32PM
0.61
7:58AM
0.62
8:18PM
0.70
8:48AM
0.69
9:11PM
0.76
9:46AM
0.72
10:12PM
0.78
10:51AM
0.68
11:17PM
0.73
11:55AM
0.58
12:21AM
0.62
12:56PM
0.42
1:20AM
0.46
1:51PM
0.25
2:15AM
0.27
2:44PM
0.09
3:07AM
0.10
3:34PM
-0.02
3:58AM
-0.03

Note: the tide data above is calculated at the surf break location.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Charleston blow from the ESE

Fri
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
Tuesday
25
Wed
26
PMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
partially cloudy
heavy rain
rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
heavy rain
moderate rain
rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
heavy rain
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light rain
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light rain
light rain
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--7:35--7:37--7:37--7:39--7:39--7:41--7:41--7:43--7:43--7:43--7:45--7:46
5:24--5:23--5:22--5:22--5:21--5:20--5:19--5:19--5:17--5:16--5:15--5:15--

Short Range Forecast: Heavy rain (total 60mm), heaviest during Fri night. Very mild (max 15°C on Fri night, min 10°C on Fri afternoon). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the N on Sun morning, light winds from the SSW by Mon morning).

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Heavy rain (total 30mm), heaviest during Mon night. Very mild (max 13°C on Mon afternoon, min 11°C on Mon afternoon). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the WSW on Tue morning, light winds from the NW by Wed night).

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Light rain (total 9mm), mostly falling on Thu night. Very mild (max 14°C on Thu night, min 10°C on Fri afternoon). Wind will be generally light.

Long Range Forecast: Light rain (total 6mm), mostly falling on Tue night. Very mild (max 13°C on Sun afternoon, min 11°C on Sun night). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Charleston Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Charleston provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Charleston can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Charleston surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (Charleston) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for Charleston may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

Charleston is 167 km (104 miles) from the city of Nelson. If you plan a holiday in West Coast South Island, look for hotels and other accommodation in Nelson. Nelson has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.