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Colac Bay surf Forecast / Southland / New Zealand

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 11 pm Tuesday 16 Jul 2024 NZST
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Colac Bay surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Colac Bay sea temperature is
10.5° C
(Statistics for 16 Jul 1981-2005 - mean: 10.5 °C max: 11.9 °C min: 9.0 °C)
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Colac Bay surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Colac Bay sea temperature is
10.5° C
(Statistics for 16 Jul 1981-2005 - mean: 10.5 °C max: 11.9 °C min: 9.0 °C)


Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Colac Bay this week:

The surf forecast for Colac Bay over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Wednesday (Jul 17) at 3AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 0.5m and 12s period with a secondary swell of 0.2m and 8s. The wind is predicted to be cross-shore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Colac Bay in the next 12 days are 2.4m 18s and forecast to arrive on Tuesday (Jul 23) at 6PM. Winds are predicted to be cross-shore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 0.4m 8s period and expected on Friday (Jul 19) at 12PM.

Wave TypeTime (NZST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 3AM (Wed 17th Jul)1.5ft (0.5m) 12s
Best Surf12PM (Tue 23rd Jul)7ft (2.1m) 15s
Most Powerful 6PM (Tue 23rd Jul)8ft (2.4m) 18s

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

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Wednesday
17
Thursday
18
Friday
19
Saturday
20
Sunday
21
Monday
22
Tuesday
23
Wednesday
24
Thursday
25
Friday
26
Saturday
27
Sun
28
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
Rating
(10 max)
0
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.5
WSW
0.5
WSW
0.4
WSW
0.4
WSW
0.4
WSW
0.5
WSW
0.5
WSW
0.9
WSW
0.9
WSW
0.9
WSW
0.9
WSW
0.9
WSW
0.7
WSW
0.8
WSW
0.8
WSW
1
W
1.2
W
1.2
W
1.6
W
2
W
1.8
WSW
2.4
WSW
2.2
WSW
2.1
WSW
1.8
WSW
1.7
W
1.7
W
1.9
W
1.9
W
2.3
W
2.5
W
2.5
W
2.5
W
2.5
W
3
WSW
3
WSW
Period(s) (?)121211121514191715161414131313121211161515171615141313121211121314141417
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)797751468411121243331843529728518123923931941136312811763152032392281185013631034104910659861210187024682428247339125522
Wind
(km/h)
10
NE
10
ENE
5
E
10
NE
10
NE
10
E
10
NE
15
ENE
15
E
15
N
10
NE
5
ENE
10
NNW
10
ENE
10
ESE
10
E
10
SE
5
E
10
ENE
10
NE
5
E
5
WNW
10
NW
10
NNW
15
WNW
5
NNW
5
NNW
10
N
15
NNE
10
NNE
10
NW
10
N
5
NW
15
NW
5
NNW
10
SSW
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
crosscrosscross-
on
crosscrosscross-
on
crosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
crosscrosscross-
off
cross-
on
oncross-
on
onglasscross-
on
crosscross-
on
offoffoffcross-
off
offglasscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
offoffoffcross
High Tide
/ height (m)
9:23PM
2.05
9:55AM
2.11
10:16PM
2.09
10:48AM
2.17
11:08PM
2.14
11:38AM
2.24
11:57PM
2.21
12:28PM
2.31
12:45AM
2.28
1:16PM
2.38
1:32AM
2.36
2:03PM
2.43
2:18AM
2.43
2:50PM
2.47
3:05AM
2.47
3:36PM
2.48
3:54AM
2.48
4:23PM
2.47
4:45AM
2.46
5:13PM
2.42
5:41AM
2.41
6:10PM
2.36
6:43AM
2.35
Low Tide
/ height (m)
3:44AM
0.86
4:11PM
0.88
4:39AM
0.77
5:08PM
0.80
5:30AM
0.64
6:00PM
0.67
6:20AM
0.50
6:47PM
0.54
7:08AM
0.35
7:32PM
0.41
7:55AM
0.23
8:17PM
0.32
8:42AM
0.16
9:04PM
0.26
9:30AM
0.13
9:51PM
0.25
10:20AM
0.17
10:41PM
0.29
11:12AM
0.25
11:35PM
0.37
12:06PM
0.37
12:32AM
0.46
1:03PM
0.50
Wednesday
17
Thursday
18
Friday
19
Saturday
20
Sunday
21
Monday
22
Tuesday
23
Wednesday
24
Thursday
25
Friday
26
Saturday
27
Sun
28
Sunrise-8:23--8:22--8:22--8:21--8:19--8:18--8:18--8:17--8:15--8:15--8:14--8:12-
Sunset--5:24--5:25--5:27--5:28--5:29--5:30--5:30--5:31--5:32--5:34--5:35--5:37
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Rain (mm)
------------------------1-----1-1--1
Temp. °C891078107811101011891081099810710111112141012139910788
Feels °C (?)568457447578567588758578810137910667364

Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Very mild (max 11°C on Fri afternoon, min 5°C on Thu morning). Wind will be generally light.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Very mild (max 11°C on Sat afternoon, min 6°C on Sat morning). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Some drizzle, heaviest during Wed night. Very mild (max 14°C on Thu afternoon, min 6°C on Mon night). Wind will be generally light.

Long Range Forecast: Light rain (total 5mm), mostly falling on Sun night. Very mild (max 13°C on Fri afternoon, min 4°C on Sun morning). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Colac Bay Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Colac Bay provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Colac Bay can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Colac Bay 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 (Colac Bay) 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 Colac Bay 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.

Colac Bay is 30 km (19 miles) from Tuatapere. If you plan a holiday in Southland, look for hotels and other accommodation in Tuatapere. Tuatapere has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.

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