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Fairy Meadow water temperature
Fairy Meadow ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.2
Consistency of Surf: 2.6
Difficulty Level: 2.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.3
Crowds: 3.2

Overall: 3.2

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Fairy Meadow Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Illawarra, Australia)

Today's Fairy Meadow sea temperature is 19.1 °C.

Statistics for 18 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 18.1 °C, range: 17.0 °C to 19.3 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 23 °C once we account for wind), yet at 19 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Fairy Meadow. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

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 Fairy Meadow. 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.

Fairy Meadow 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.

Fairy Meadow sea temperatures peak in the range 21 to 24°C (70 to 75°F) on around the 5th of February and are at their lowest on about the 21st of August, in the range 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F). Fairy Meadow sea temperatures are always warm reach their warmest at the beginning of February. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy. The lowest seasonal sea temperatures at Fairy Meadow in mid to late 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 Fairy Meadow 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 Fairy Meadow. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.