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Point Cartwright/Secrets Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Sunshine Coast, Australia)

Today's Point Cartwright/Secrets sea temperature is 19.1 °C.

Statistics for 14 Aug (1981–2005) – mean: 21.0 °C, range: 20.0 °C to 22.2 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 20 °C once we account for wind), yet at 19 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Point Cartwright/Secrets. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

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 Point Cartwright/Secrets. 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.

Point Cartwright/Secrets 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.

Point Cartwright/Secrets water temperatures peak in the range 26 to 28°C (79 to 82°F) on around the 8th of February and are at their lowest on about the 26th of July, in the range 20 to 22°C (68 to 72°F). Year round warm water temperatures at Point Cartwright/Secrets climb to their highest in early to mid February. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Point Cartwright/Secrets water temperatures are lowest in the fourth week of July. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Point Cartwright/Secrets 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 Point Cartwright/Secrets. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.