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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Barnstaple, United Kingdom

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Barnstaple...

Barnstaple is a coastal city in United Kingdom. It is a quite little city close to the ocean with a population of 32532 people. The water temperature around Barnstaple changes moderately throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 7.4°C (45.3°F) in February up to 16.7°C (62.1°F) in the month of September, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 12°C (53°F) and the best time for water activities is early fall, since Barnstaple is located in the northern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature near Barnstaple?

The current water temperature in the month of May near Barnstaple is about:
11°C (52°F)

Are there surf spots close by?

Yes, there are several surf spots in proximity to Barnstaple. The nearest one is Saunton Sands, which is just 7.6km (4.9miles) away from Barnstaple. Click here for directions and for more information on Saunton Sands and its current water temperature. Other good surfspots near Barnstaple are Westward Ho!, which is roughly 7.9km (4.9miles) away, and Putsborough Beach, located roughly 8.3km (5.2miles) from Barnstaple.

Are there beaches near by?

Yes, there are several other beaches near to Barnstaple. The closest one is Westward Ho!, which is 8.3km (5.2miles) away from Barnstaple. Another good beach near Barnstaple is Woolacombe, which is approximately 9.1km (5.6miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit thickness do I need for Barnstaple?

The water temperature around Barnstaple is relatively cold, reaching up to 17°C (62°F) in the months of August, September, and October. During this time, in the early fall, a 2-3mm wetsuit might be required to be in the water for more than half an hour, but some might even be fine with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving . Nevertheless, during late winter, water temperatures come down to nearly 7°C (45°F). During this season, a 5/4 wetsuit is required to be able to stay in the water for several hours, but some might even be ok with a very good 4/3mm suit for short amounts of time . For very cold conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be advisable to bring a pair of boots, a hoodie and a gloves.

How is the scuba diving and fishing close to Barnstaple?

Due to comparatively large temperature changes during the year, fishing and diving conditions vary a lot depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 7 to 12°C (45-54°F) during January, February, and March. Haddock, Pollock, and Atlantic Cod can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. However, the conditions normally change during fall when sea temperatures go up to 12 to 17°C (53-62°F). Fish that like to hang out in waters of this temperature range include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Barnstaple: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Barnstaple...

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