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Pen-Hat Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Finistere – Brittany, France)

Today's Pen-Hat sea temperature is 11.7 °C.

Statistics for 15 Dec (1981–2005) – mean: 12.3 °C, range: 11.6 °C to 12.9 °C

The water temperature (11 °C) at Pen-Hat is fairly cold. Surfers will need a quality steamer wetsuit, a neoprene hood, gloves and boots because it will be cloudy with an effective air temperature of (5 °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 Pen-Hat. 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.

Pen-Hat 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.

Pen-Hat sea temperatures peak in the range 16 to 20°C (61 to 68°F) on around the 15th of August and are at their coldest on about the 1st of March, in the range 10 to 11°C (50 to 52°F). The warmest Pen-Hat sea temperatures in mid August require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. At its coldest at the beginning of March, low sea temperatures at Pen-Hat are suited to a 5/4mm or 5/3mm good quality wetsuit with neoprene gloves and 3mm boots. You will need a hood if it's windy or the air is cold.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Pen-Hat 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 Pen-Hat. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.