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Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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Lighthouse Reef Surf Forecast / Canterbury / New Zealand

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 11 pm Thursday 13 May 2021 NZST
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Lighthouse Reef surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Lighthouse Reef sea temperature is 13.7 °C (Statistics for 13 May 1981-2005 - mean: 10.7 max: 12.3 min: 9.2 °C)
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Lighthouse Reef surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Lighthouse Reef sea temperature is 13.7 °C (Statistics for 13 May 1981-2005 - mean: 10.7 max: 12.3 min: 9.2 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Lighthouse Reef (calm at Marchwiel wx 8 km from Lighthouse Reef).

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WNW
Clean
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Lighthouse Reef this week:

The surf forecast for Lighthouse Reef over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Friday (May 14) at 6AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.2m and 6s period with a secondary swell of 0.7m and 6s. Another secondary swell of 0.2m and 10s is also forecast. The wind is predicted to be cross-offshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Lighthouse Reef in the next 12 days are 2.4m 8s and forecast to arrive on Friday (May 14) at 9PM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 0.4m 5s period and expected on Tuesday (May 18) at 3AM.

Wave TypeTime (NZST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 6AM (Fri 14th May)4ft (1.2m) 6s
Best Surf 9PM (Fri 14th May)8ft (2.4m) 8s
Most Powerful 9PM (Fri 14th May)8ft (2.4m) 8s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Lighthouse Reef 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
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
Tue
25
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
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T newzealand.htsgw.metric.42.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.66.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.90.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.114.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.138.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.162.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.186.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.210.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.234.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.258.cc23
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1.1
NE
1.3
ENE
0.9
ENE
1.1
E
1.1
E
0.8
E
0.7
E
0.5
E
0.4
SE
0.4
SE
0.4
SSE
0.5
SE
0.4
E
0.5
SSE
0.6
SSE
0.6
SSE
0.8
SSE
0.8
SSE
0.7
SE
0.6
SSE
0.6
SSE
0.5
SE
0.5
SSE
0.9
SSE
0.4
SE
0.4
SE
0.5
SE
0.4
SE
0.4
SSE
0.4
SE
0.2
SSE
1.2
SSE
0.8
SSE
1
SSE
1.1
SE
1.3
SE
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4711275189196123803849457384577013614225718711078915149103457478669757219756120176238
15
N
15
N
20
NNE
5
NNW
20
SSW
15
SSE
15
N
5
NW
25
N
15
NNW
5
W
15
NE
10
SW
20
WNW
20
NW
15
NNW
5
NNW
15
ENE
10
WNW
10
NW
10
NNE
10
W
10
NE
10
NNE
20
N
5
NW
10
NNE
5
W
5
WNW
5
E
10
WSW
25
SSE
20
SSW
15
SW
10
SW
5
ESE
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
crosscross-
on
cross-
off
glasscross-
off
cross-
off
glasscrosscross-
off
offoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
offcross-
off
crossoffcross-
on
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
crossoffoffoncross-
off
cross-
on
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
glass
4:20AM
2.26
5:16PM
2.00
5:00AM
2.24
6:05PM
1.98
5:47AM
2.17
7:00PM
1.99
6:46AM
2.08
7:58PM
2.03
7:50AM
2.03
8:49PM
2.08
8:48AM
2.04
9:35PM
2.12
9:41AM
2.09
10:19PM
2.14
10:33AM
2.15
11:04PM
2.16
11:26AM
2.22
11:54PM
2.20
12:19PM
2.27
12:47AM
2.26
1:12PM
2.31
1:40AM
2.33
2:06PM
2.35
10:46PM
0.66
11:24AM
0.68
11:28PM
0.74
12:11PM
0.77
12:11AM
0.83
12:58PM
0.86
12:57AM
0.91
1:45PM
0.90
1:48AM
0.96
2:32PM
0.90
2:44AM
0.96
3:18PM
0.84
3:40AM
0.88
4:04PM
0.75
4:30AM
0.75
4:52PM
0.64
5:16AM
0.60
5:41PM
0.55
6:01AM
0.48
6:32PM
0.48
6:48AM
0.41
7:25PM
0.43
7:41AM
0.38

Note: the tide data above is for Timaru Harbour, New Zealand which is 4 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Lighthouse Reef.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Lighthouse Reef blow from the WNW

Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
Tue
25
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
clear
clear
partially cloudy
cloudy
light rain
cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light rain
light rain
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
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-7:41--7:43--7:43--7:45--7:46--7:48--7:48--7:50--7:50--7:52--7:52--7:54-
--5:19--5:17--5:16--5:15--5:15--5:14--5:13--5:12--5:10--5:09--5:09--5:08

Short Range Forecast: Light rain (total 3mm), mostly falling on Sat morning. Very mild (max 13°C on Fri afternoon, min 4°C on Thu night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Very mild (max 16°C on Tue afternoon, min 5°C on Sun night). Mainly fresh winds.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Very mild (max 15°C on Thu afternoon, min 7°C on Sat morning). Wind will be generally light.

Long Range Forecast: Light rain (total 5mm), mostly falling on Mon afternoon. Very mild (max 12°C on Sun afternoon, min 4°C on Tue morning). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Lighthouse Reef Surf forecast

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

Lighthouse Reef is 4 km (2 miles) from the city of Timaru. If you plan a holiday in Canterbury, look for hotels and other accommodation in Timaru. Timaru has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.