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Malua Bay Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Far South New South Wales, Australia)

Today's Malua Bay sea temperature is 17.7 °C.

Statistics for 05 Jul (1981–2005) – mean: 16.6 °C, range: 15.4 °C to 17.8 °C

The Malua Bay water temperature is reasonably warm (17 °C) but the air temperature will feel a few degrees cooler (11 °C). A good quality spring wetsuit would be ideal.

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)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Malua Bay. 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.

Malua Bay Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Malua Bay sea water temperatures peak in the range 20 to 23°C (68 to 73°F) on around the 5th of February and are at their coldest on about the 8th of August, in the range 14 to 18°C (57 to 64°F). Malua Bay sea water temperatures are maximum at the beginning of February. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The coldest seasonal sea water temperatures at Malua Bay in early to mid 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 Malua Bay 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 Malua Bay. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.