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IIbarritz water temperature
IIbarritz ratings
Quality on a good day: 1.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.6

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IIbarritz Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(La Cote Basque, France)

Today's IIbarritz sea temperature is 24.1 °C.

Statistics for 17 Jul (1981–2005) – mean: 20.8 °C, range: 19.3 °C to 22.3 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 23 °C once we account for wind), and similar sea temperatures (24 °C). Wear boardshorts or a shorty, or better still a thin summer wetsuit to keep the UV off.

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Surface Water Temperatures
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France Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current France
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 IIbarritz. 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.

IIbarritz 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.

IIbarritz sea temperatures peak in the range 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F) on around the 10th of August and are at their lowest on about the 1st of March, at 12°C. IIbarritz sea temperatures are warmest in early to mid August. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The lowest sea temperatures at IIbarritz at the beginning of March 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 IIbarritz 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 IIbarritz. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.

 

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.