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Port Waikato-Sunset beach water temperature
Port Waikato-Sunset beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 3.6
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.5
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 2.6

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Port Waikato-Sunset beach Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Raglan and West Waikato, New Zealand)

Today's Port Waikato-Sunset beach sea temperature is 19.6 °C.

Statistics for 29 Mar (1981–2005) – mean: 19.1 °C, range: 17.5 °C to 20.2 °C

The water temperature (19 °C) at Port Waikato-Sunset beach is relatively warm. If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a summer wetsuit. Effective air temperature of 17 °C.

New Zealand Sea Water Temperature

Map of current New Zealand
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
New Zealand Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current New Zealand
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Port Waikato-Sunset beach. 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.

Port Waikato-Sunset beach 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.

Port Waikato-Sunset beach water temperatures peak in the range 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F) on around the 7th of February and are at their minimum on about the 26th of August, in the range 13 to 15°C (55 to 59°F). Port Waikato-Sunset beach water temperatures are highest in the first part of February. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The minimum water temperatures at Port Waikato-Sunset beach in the fourth week 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 Port Waikato-Sunset beach 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 Port Waikato-Sunset beach. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.