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Le Petits Dalles Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Normandy, France)

Today's Le Petits Dalles sea temperature is 11.8 °C.

Statistics for 02 Dec (1981–2005) – mean: 11.6 °C, range: 10.2 °C to 12.7 °C

Cold Le Petits Dalles water temperature (11 °C) today. Despite the sunshine, we suggest wearing a thick winter wetsuit, and ideally a neoprene hood, gloves and boots too because of the windchill will make air temperatures feel close to freezing.

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 Le Petits Dalles. 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.

Le Petits Dalles 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.

Le Petits Dalles sea water temperatures peak in the range 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F) on around the 23rd of August and are at their coldest on about the 24th of February, in the range 5 to 9°C (41 to 48°F). The highest seasonal sea water temperatures at Le Petits Dalles in the fourth week of August lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The coldest sea water temperatures at Le Petits Dalles mean that you will need a flexible 6/5/4mm wetsuit or a well fitting 5/4mm wetsuit with gloves and 5mm neoprene booties and a hood to surf here in the fourth week of February.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Le Petits Dalles 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 Le Petits Dalles. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.