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Sea temps slowly climbing for big centres

As we approach the warmest season of the year, sea temperatures are starting to warm up with reports of swimmers across northern parts of the North island taking to the water already.

Elsewhere it’s not looking quite warm enough yet for most people however within a short timeframe there should be a few more beachgoers around the country.

Looking at the original 4 main centres and Auckland is currently out in front with an ocean temperature of around 17-18 degrees, Wellington is about 14 degrees, Canterbury beaches are near 13-14 degrees and in and around Dunedin it’s a crisp 11 or 12 degrees.

At peak times during the summer water temperatures can creep above the 20 degree mark over northern beaches and also about Tasman Bay in the South Island where many holidaymakers enjoy the waters of Kaiteriteri and Nelson overall.

In the far south temperatures can inch their way towards 16 or 17 degrees for a brief spell before lowering as the cooler seasons approach. 

Temperatures this afternoon have topped the 20 degree mark in some places however a dip in the ocean may feel decidely fresh especially if windy conditions are about.


Guest on 20/11/2011 1:09am

Went out in the ocean for a swim off New Brighton today. Near shore sea temperature more like 16-17 I would say but a few days ago it was more like 14, because of some serious snow melt. Not too bad for this time of year.

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