Boating forecast for Foveaux Strait

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  1. Extremely useful for viewing the forecast at a glance. You can quickly tell when the conditions are likely to better for boating and fishing.
  2. The summaries are useful to assist in understanding the weather patterns as well as planning your day and trips.
  3. The arrows show the direction of the wind. The direction of the wind is from the origin e.g. an easterly wind blows to the west. The dotted line is gust speed of the wind. For most spots you want the wind to be light (0 - 10 kts) for ocean conditions to be comfortable.
  4. The Sea height is the total wave height which includes both swell and chop. This is the most critical variable when looking at this forecast since a big sea height could be hazardous to boats or fishing off rocks etc. Swell refers to the height of the swell. The smaller the better. Chop refers to the height of the ocean chop. The less chop, the more comfortable conditions will be.
  5. The greater the swell period, the more comfortable the conditions are likely to be. It is believed sea sickness is triggered by a swell period around 5-6 seconds. However, the ocean chop can also cause sea sickness, so be aware of that too, especially if sea direction is considerably different to swell direction.
  6. Swell direction is represented by the origin of the swell. A westerly swell is moving to the east.
  7. Sea direction is represented by the origin of the chop. If there is not much chop this is not such a factor. However, you should check this variable if there is substantial chop, since if the swell direction is opposing the sea direction and swell and chop height are over 1 m, conditions could be rough.
  8. SwellMap presents tides as LAT (Lowest Astronomical Tide), which is the height above the lowest tidal water level

Forecast updated at 16:27 Friday 25 July (Pacific/Auckland local time)

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Forecast updated at 16:27 Friday 25 July (Pacific/Auckland local time)

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Fri 25 JulRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
3h14.43.32.99WSWW:22
9h13.22.51.913SWSWSW:2227
15h12.62.31.412SWSWSW:2025
21h12.82.11.812SWWW:2227
Low: 05:20 am (0.49 m); High: 11:40 am (2.24 m); Low: 05:40 pm (0.57 m); High: 11:50 pm (2.28 m);
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Sat 26 JulRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
3h12.71.91.912SWWSW:2125
9h12.41.81.612SWWSW:2127
15h12.41.81.612SWSWSW:2125
21h12.21.71.413SWWSW:1821
Low: 06:00 am (0.47 m); High: 12:20 pm (2.25 m); Low: 06:20 pm (0.56 m);
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Sun 27 JulRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
3h12.01.71.213SWSWSW:1821
9h22.01.61.112SW--SW:1316
15h31.81.60.912SW--W:56
21h41.81.60.812SW--NW:23
High: 12:30 am (2.29 m); Low: 06:40 am (0.47 m); High: 01:00 pm (2.24 m); Low: 07:00 pm (0.56 m);
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Mon 28 JulRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
3h41.81.60.812SW--N:811
9h41.81.60.812SWNENE:710
15h41.91.80.716SW--NE:910
21h32.22.00.816WEE:1419
High: 01:10 am (2.28 m); Low: 07:20 am (0.48 m); High: 01:30 pm (2.23 m); Low: 07:30 pm (0.57 m);
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Tue 29 JulRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
3h32.32.20.716W--W:1524
9h22.52.21.315WNWW:1724
15h22.62.21.414WNWNW:1628
21h22.52.11.414WNWN:1117
High: 01:40 am (2.26 m); Low: 07:50 am (0.49 m); High: 02:00 pm (2.21 m); Low: 08:10 pm (0.59 m);
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Wed 30 JulRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
3h22.42.01.413WNWNW:1321
9h22.62.01.713WNWNW:1523
15h23.12.51.910WNWNW:2241
21h24.33.32.712WNWNW:2747
High: 02:10 am (2.24 m); Low: 08:30 am (0.52 m); High: 02:30 pm (2.19 m); Low: 08:40 pm (0.61 m);
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Thu 31 JulRating Summary Sea Swell Chop Period Swell dir Sea dir Wind Gusts
mmms°°ktskts
3h24.53.82.513WWNW:2642
9h25.54.92.616WWW:2537
15h25.75.42.017WNWNW:1120

Forecast updated at 16:27 Friday 25 July (Pacific/Auckland local time)

Current sea temperature

Foveaux Strait sea temperature: 13°C

Sunrise and sunset for today

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08:2117:28

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Rating information for Boating

This rating is a guide to determine how pleasant the boating conditions are likely to be. But this should not be treated as a substitute for using all available sources of information for the purpose of safety.
10A green rating between 7 and 10 indicates calm waters, based on little or no wind, and swell height less than a metre.
6An orange rating between 4 and 6 indicates average boating conditions, possibly affected by light-fair winds, and a swell height around 1-2 metres.
1A red rating between 1 and 3 suggests poor and possibly dangerous conditions such as strong winds and a big swell height 2-3 metres plus.
?No rating available.

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