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Point Dume Little Dume water temperature
Point Dume Little Dume ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.3
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 1.7
Accommodation: 2.0

Overall: 2.3

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Point Dume Little Dume Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Los Angeles County, USA)

Today's Point Dume Little Dume sea temperature is 18.3 °C.

Statistics for 22 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 17.4 °C, range: 15.8 °C to 18.9 °C

Sunny with very warm air temperatures, feeling like 28 °C once we account for air movement. In contrast the sea remains relatively cold (18 °C). Surfers should wear a spring or summer wetsuit though no doubt some would wear less neoprene on such a warm day, no matter what temperature the sea is.

United States Sea Water Temperature

Map of current United States
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
United States Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current United States
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 Point Dume Little Dume. 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.

Point Dume Little Dume 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.

Point Dume Little Dume sea temperatures peak in the range 16 to 20°C (61 to 68°F) on around the 5th of September and are at their coldest on about the 4th of February, in the range 13 to 16°C (55 to 61°F). The warmest Point Dume Little Dume sea temperatures at the beginning of September require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The coldest sea temperatures at Point Dume Little Dume in early February 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 Point Dume Little Dume 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 Point Dume Little Dume. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.