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La Ciotat water temperature
La Ciotat ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.9

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La Ciotat Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Cote d'Azur, France)

Today's La Ciotat sea temperature is 12.5 °C.

Statistics for 24 Mar (1981–2005) – mean: 13.2 °C, range: 12.7 °C to 13.9 °C

The water temperature (12 °C) at La Ciotat is quite cold. If the sun shines as forecast, it should feel warm enough to get away with a good sealed spring wetsuit but you won't overheat in a winter wetsuit, gloves boots and a hood. Effective windchill factor of (10 °C).

France Sea Water Temperature

Map of current France
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
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 La Ciotat. 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.

La Ciotat 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.

La Ciotat sea water temperatures peak in the range 20 to 26°C (68 to 79°F) on around the 14th of August and are at their minimum on about the 1st of March, in the range 12 to 13°C (54 to 55°F). La Ciotat sea water temperatures are always warm reach their highest in mid August. You'll need a 2mm neoprene top or a shorty at dawn/dusk or if it's windy. The minimum sea water temperatures at La Ciotat 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 La Ciotat 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 La Ciotat. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.