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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Cork, Ireland

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

Cork is a coastal city in Ireland. It is a comparatively average coastal town close to the ocean with a population of 190384 people. The water temperature around Cork has average variability throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 9.1°C (48.4°F) in January up to 17.2°C (62.9°F) in the month of August, as shown in the graph below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 12°C (53°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Cork 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 Cork?

The current water temperature in the month of July in the waters close to Cork is approximately:
15°C (58°F)

Are there surf spots close by?

Yes, there are several surf spots in proximity to Cork. The closest one is Inch Cork Area, which is 14.3km (11.4miles) away from Cork. Click here for directions and for more information on Inch Cork Area and its water temperature. Other good surfspots near Cork are Garretstown, which is approximately 18.3km (11.4miles) away, and Inchydoney, located ca 27km (16.8miles) from Cork.

Are there nice beaches located close to Cork?

Yes, there are several nice beaches in close proximity to Cork. The closest one is Coolmaine, which is only 2km (1.3miles) away from Cork. Another beautiful beach near Cork is Fountainstown, which is ca 9.9km (6.1miles) away.

What wetsuit is recommended for Cork?

The water temperature around Cork is relatively cold, reaching up to 17°C (63°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a 3/2 wetsuit might be recommended to be in the water for more than half an hour, but some people might even be fine with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving around Cork. Nevertheless, during winter, temperatures reach lows of roughly 9°C (48°F). During this season, a 5/4 wetsuit is recommended to be able to stay in the water for several hours, but some people might even be ok with a very good 4/3mm suit for short amounts of time . For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be recommended to carry a pair of boots, a hoodie and a gloves.

How is the scuba diving and fishing near Cork?

Due to relatively large water temperature changes throughout the year, fishing and Scuba diving conditions vary a lot depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 9 to 14°C (48-57°F) during December, January, and February. Haddock, Pollock, and Atlantic Cod can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions usually change during summer when sea temperatures reach 12 to 17°C (54-63°F). Fish that can frequently be found in waters with these temperatures include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Cork: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Interesting facts about Cork...

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