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The Pass Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(North Coast – New South Wales, Australia)

Today's The Pass sea temperature is 26.6 °C.

Statistics for 07 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 26.1 °C, range: 25.3 °C to 27.4 °C

Sunny with warm air temperatures at The Pass today (feels like 24 °C once we account for wind), and warmer sea temperatures (26 °C). Wear boardshorts or a shorty, or perhaps a thin summer wetsuit to keep the UV off.

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 The Pass. 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.

The Pass 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.

The Pass water temperatures peak in the range 25 to 27°C (77 to 81°F) on around the 8th of February and are at their minimum on about the 16th of August, in the range 19 to 22°C (66 to 72°F). Year round warm water temperatures at The Pass climb to their maximum in early to mid February. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. The Pass water temperatures are minimum in the middle of August. 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 The Pass 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 The Pass. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.