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Karaka Street water temperature
Karaka Street ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Crowds: 4.0
Accommodation: 5.0

Overall: 3.9

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Karaka Street Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Wanganui and the Manawatu, New Zealand)

Today's Karaka Street sea temperature is 18.0 °C.

Statistics for 11 Apr (1981–2005) – mean: 17.2 °C, range: 15.0 °C to 18.4 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 21 °C once we account for wind), yet at 18 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Karaka Street. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Karaka Street. 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.

Karaka Street 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.

Karaka Street water temperatures peak in the range 17 to 20°C (63 to 68°F) on around the 7th of February and are at their coldest on about the 27th of August, in the range 12 to 14°C (54 to 57°F). The maximum Karaka Street water temperatures in the first part of February require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The coldest water temperatures at Karaka Street in the last days of August are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days.

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

 

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.