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Papatowai surf Forecast / Catlins / New Zealand

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 11 am Wednesday 22 May 2024 NZST
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Papatowai surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Papatowai sea temperature is 11.6°C (Statistics for 22 May 1981-2005 - mean: 10.3 °C max: 11.7 °C min: 8.4 °C)
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Papatowai surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Papatowai sea temperature is 11.6°C (Statistics for 22 May 1981-2005 - mean: 10.3 °C max: 11.7 °C min: 8.4 °C)


Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Papatowai this week:

The surf forecast for Papatowai over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Wednesday (May 22) at 6PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 2.3m and 14s period. The wind is predicted to be cross-onshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Papatowai in the next 12 days are 8.0m 15s and forecast to arrive on Sunday (May 26) at 3AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.4m 5s period and expected on Tuesday (May 28) at 3PM.

Wave TypeTime (NZST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 6PM (Wed 22nd May)7.5ft (2.3m) 14s
Best Surf 9PM (Sat 25th May)23ft (7.0m) 14s
Most Powerful 3AM (Sun 26th May)26ft (8.0m) 15s

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

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Wednesday
22
Thursday
23
Friday
24
Saturday
25
Sunday
26
Monday
27
Tuesday
28
Wednesday
29
Thursday
30
Friday
31
Saturday
01
Sunday
02
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
2.4
SSW
2.3
SSW
2.2
SW
1.9
SW
1.6
SW
1.5
SW
2.4
SW
3
SW
3.5
SW
5
SW
5.5
SW
8
SSW
6.5
SSW
5.5
SSW
5
SSW
4.5
SSW
4.5
SSW
3
SW
2.2
SSE
1.9
SSE
3
WSW
4
WSW
6
SW
6
SW
5
SW
4.5
SW
2.2
SW
2.4
SW
4
WSW
4.5
SW
4.5
WSW
3
SW
4
WSW
3.5
SW
4
SW
4
SW
Period(s) (?)161414131312121314151415151413121212121291113141514161514131313141499
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)27562181169711478786451565275253779872127062538718892125877641575652092495139210181604324412292153171118979322320269757136366644131855830479224632473
Wind
(km/h)
5
NE
10
ENE
10
NNE
10
WNW
15
W
15
NW
15
WSW
20
W
30
WSW
35
WSW
40
W
45
WSW
35
SW
30
WSW
30
W
30
WSW
25
SW
20
WSW
25
WNW
25
W
25
W
35
WNW
40
WSW
35
WSW
35
W
35
W
20
W
15
WNW
5
W
10
N
10
N
10
NNE
15
WSW
10
NW
15
WNW
20
NW
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
glasscross-
on
crosscross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
offoffoffoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offoffcross-
off
offcross-
off
offoffoffcross-
off
offoffoffoffcross-
off
glasscrosscrosscrosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)
1:46PM
1.80
2:03AM
1.74
2:26PM
1.83
2:43AM
1.75
3:08PM
1.86
3:25AM
1.75
3:51PM
1.86
4:09AM
1.74
4:38PM
1.86
4:56AM
1.72
5:27PM
1.84
5:46AM
1.71
6:20PM
1.82
6:40AM
1.71
7:16PM
1.81
7:38AM
1.72
8:15PM
1.81
8:39AM
1.75
9:15PM
1.83
9:41AM
1.80
10:14PM
1.85
10:41AM
1.87
11:11PM
1.89
Low Tide
/ height (m)
7:53PM
0.36
8:08AM
0.33
8:36PM
0.37
8:50AM
0.33
9:21PM
0.38
9:34AM
0.33
10:08PM
0.40
10:22AM
0.34
10:58PM
0.41
11:13AM
0.34
11:51PM
0.41
12:07PM
0.33
12:46AM
0.40
1:05PM
0.31
1:43AM
0.37
2:03PM
0.27
2:39AM
0.32
3:02PM
0.23
3:35AM
0.27
4:00PM
0.19
4:29AM
0.20
4:56PM
0.16
Wednesday
22
Thursday
23
Friday
24
Saturday
25
Sunday
26
Monday
27
Tuesday
28
Wednesday
29
Thursday
30
Friday
31
Saturday
01
Sunday
02
Sunrise8:06--8:07--8:07--8:08--8:10--8:11--8:11--8:12--8:14--8:15--8:15--8:15--
Sunset-5:09--5:09--5:08--5:07--5:07--5:06--5:06--5:05--5:04--5:04--5:02--5:02-
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Rain (mm)
-----2--2-252--2261--32322------4---
Temp. °C886888789998579999910109898121213141213149101214
Feels °C (?)55354422210-2-4-122345541-211571012910114679

Short Range Forecast: Light rain (total 4mm), mostly falling on Thu night. Mild temperatures (max 9°C on Fri night, min 4°C on Wed night). Winds increasing (calm on Wed morning, fresh winds from the WSW by Fri night).

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Moderate rain (total 19mm), heaviest on Sat night. Mild temperatures (max 9°C on Sat morning, min 5°C on Sat night). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the WSW on Sat night, moderate winds from the WSW by Mon afternoon).

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Moderate rain (total 13mm), heaviest on Wed morning. Very mild (max 12°C on Thu afternoon, min 8°C on Tue morning). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the WSW on Wed afternoon, light winds from the WNW by Thu night).

Long Range Forecast: Light rain (total 4mm), mostly falling on Sat night. Very mild (max 14°C on Fri afternoon, min 7°C on Sun morning). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Papatowai Surf forecast

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

Papatowai is 88 km (55 miles) from the city of Invercargill. If you plan a holiday in Catlins, look for hotels and other accommodation in Invercargill. Invercargill has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.

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