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Farewell Spit Surf Forecast / Nelson – West Coast / New Zealand

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 11 pm Thursday 11 Aug 2022 NZST
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Farewell Spit surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Farewell Spit sea temperature is 13.2 °C (Statistics for 11 Aug 1981-2005 - mean: 13.1 max: 14.1 min: 12.3 °C)
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Farewell Spit surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Farewell Spit sea temperature is 13.2 °C (Statistics for 11 Aug 1981-2005 - mean: 13.1 max: 14.1 min: 12.3 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Farewell Spit (calm at Whanganui Inlet 13 km from Farewell Spit).

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Actual: 52 min ago

Calm
0 km/h
NW
Clean
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Farewell Spit this week:

The surf forecast for Farewell Spit over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Friday (Aug 12) at 6AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 0.5m and 14s period with a secondary swell of 0.5m and 5s. The wind is predicted to be glassy as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Farewell Spit in the next 12 days are 4.5m 12s and forecast to arrive on Thursday (Aug 18) at 12AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.7m 6s period and expected on Thursday (Aug 18) at 3PM.

Wave TypeTime (NZST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 6AM (Fri 12th Aug)1.5ft (0.5m) 14s
Best Surf 3AM (Wed 17th Aug)11ft (3.5m) 10s
Most Powerful12AM (Thu 18th Aug)15ft (4.5m) 12s

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

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Friday
12
Saturday
13
Sunday
14
Monday
15
Tuesday
16
Wednesday
17
Thursday
18
Friday
19
Saturday
20
Sunday
21
Monday
22
Tue
23
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
Rating
(10 max)
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
0.5
W
0.4
WSW
0.5
W
0.4
WSW
0.3
W
0.3
W
0.4
W
0.4
WSW
1.2
W
1
W
0.3
WSW
0.4
WSW
0.6
WNW
2
NNW
4
N
4
N
3
N
3
N
4.5
N
3.5
N
3
N
3.5
N
1.1
N
0.8
N
0.7
N
0.6
N
1.5
W
1.6
W
2
W
2.3
W
2.5
W
3.5
W
3
W
2.5
W
3
W
3
W
Period(s) (?)141313131615141344141411101010101012111111131388587910181716158
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)99548757464265575536406282741327930001717173855102605183630214112097142129283360791154874655214328735921189
Wind
(km/h)
10
SSE
5
NE
5
NNE
15
SSE
10
SE
5
NNE
10
SW
25
W
40
W
35
W
10
SE
10
ESE
45
NNE
45
N
60
N
25
NW
10
SW
15
ESE
35
ESE
55
SE
30
E
5
SSE
5
WNW
15
NW
5
NNW
5
NE
35
W
40
WNW
50
W
55
WSW
45
WSW
50
W
45
WSW
45
W
30
W
40
WNW
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
cross-
off
glassglasscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscrosscross-
off
cross-
off
onononcross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crossglasscrosscross-
on
glassglasscrosscrosscrosscross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross
High Tide
/ height (m)
9:31PM
3.37
9:57AM
3.28
10:21PM
3.52
10:45AM
3.37
11:07PM
3.59
11:31AM
3.39
11:52PM
3.57
12:15PM
3.34
12:35AM
3.46
12:58PM
3.23
1:17AM
3.27
1:42PM
3.06
2:01AM
3.04
2:27PM
2.87
2:47AM
2.79
3:16PM
2.67
3:39AM
2.57
4:14PM
2.51
4:42AM
2.41
5:23PM
2.43
5:54AM
2.35
6:35PM
2.44
7:04AM
2.40
Low Tide
/ height (m)
3:47AM
0.09
4:06PM
0.03
4:36AM
-0.04
4:53PM
-0.05
5:22AM
-0.10
5:38PM
-0.05
6:06AM
-0.06
6:22PM
0.04
6:49AM
0.05
7:05PM
0.19
7:32AM
0.23
7:49PM
0.40
8:15AM
0.44
8:36PM
0.62
9:02AM
0.66
9:28PM
0.83
9:55AM
0.85
10:29PM
0.99
11:00AM
0.98
11:42PM
1.06
12:12PM
1.00
12:53AM
1.02
1:18PM
0.93

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 Farewell Spit blow from the S

Friday
12
Saturday
13
Sunday
14
Monday
15
Tuesday
16
Wednesday
17
Thursday
18
Friday
19
Saturday
20
Sunday
21
Monday
22
Tue
23
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Rain (mm)
-22---------45619-151201253---12212-1---3
Temp. °C107898991010101012141415151313151214141414131413131211111212121313
Low °C8778898910101011131414141311121213131313121313131111111212121312
Feels °C (?)55675772117966761110921214131111106620022366
Sunrise-7:22--7:20--7:20--7:18--7:16--7:16--7:15--7:13--7:11--7:09--7:09--7:07-
Sunset--5:45--5:45--5:46--5:47--5:49--5:50--5:51--5:52--5:52--5:53--5:54--5:55

Short Range Forecast: Light rain (total 4mm), mostly falling on Fri afternoon. Very mild (max 10°C on Thu night, min 7°C on Fri morning). Winds increasing (calm on Fri morning, strong winds from the W by Sun afternoon).

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Heavy rain (total 49mm), heaviest during Wed afternoon. Very mild (max 15°C on Tue afternoon, min 10°C on Sun night). Winds decreasing (near gales from the N on Tue afternoon, light winds from the S by Wed morning).

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Heavy rain (total 143mm), heaviest during Wed night. Very mild (max 15°C on Wed night, min 12°C on Wed night). Winds decreasing (gales from the SE on Wed night, calm by Fri night).

Long Range Forecast: Moderate rain (total 11mm), heaviest on Tue afternoon. Very mild (max 13°C on Sat night, min 11°C on Sun morning). Winds decreasing (near gales from the WSW on Sun afternoon, fresh winds from the W by Tue morning).

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Information about the Farewell Spit Surf forecast

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

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