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La Grande Motte water temperature
La Grande Motte ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.1

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La Grande Motte Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Languedoc-Roussillon, France)

Today's La Grande Motte sea temperature is 21.3 °C.

Statistics for 17 Sep (1981–2005) – mean: 20.3 °C, range: 17.6 °C to 23.4 °C

Sunny with very warm air temperatures, feeling like 25 °C once we account for any wind. Sea temperatures (21 °C) warm too. Staying warm in the water won't be a problem in board-shorts, but wear at least a rash-vest to keep the UV off.

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Surface Water Temperatures
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France Water Temperature Anomaly

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Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

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at this time of year)

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for La Grande Motte. 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 Grande Motte 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.

La Grande Motte sea temperatures peak in the range 20 to 26°C (68 to 79°F) on around the 14th of August and are at their coldest on about the 1st of March, at 12°C. La Grande Motte sea 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 coldest sea temperatures at La Grande Motte 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 Grande Motte 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 Grande Motte. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.