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

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

Cowes is a coastal city in United Kingdom. It is a quite dense city close to the ocean with a population of 17000 people. The water temperature around Cowes changes slightly throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 7.2°C (44.9°F) in March up to 16.6°C (61.8°F) in the month of August, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 12°C (53°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Cowes 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 Cowes?

The current water temperature in the month of May in the waters near Cowes is about:
10°C (50°F)

Are there surf spots close by?

Yes, there are a few surf spots in proximity to Cowes. The nearest one is Compton, which is 10.6km (10.5miles) away from Cowes. Click here for directions and for more information on Compton and its water temperature. Other fun surfspots near Cowes are West Wittering, which is roughly 16.9km (10.5miles) away, and Highcliffe, located 17.5km (10.9miles) from Cowes.

Are there beaches near by?

There are a few gorgeous beaches in close proximity to Cowes. The closest one is Ryde, which is 6.3km (3.9miles) away from Cowes. Another beach near Cowes is Southsea, which is approximately 9.4km (5.8miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit thickness is recommended for Cowes?

The sea temperature around Cowes is relatively cold, reaching up to 17°C (62°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a 2-3mm wetsuit might be recommended 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 diving around Cowes. Nevertheless, during early spring, sea temperatures drop down to roughly 7°C (45°F). During this time, a 5/4 wetsuit is required to be able to stay in the water for more than 20 minutes, but some might even be fine with a very high-quality 4/3mm suit for short amounts of time . For very cold conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be advisable to carry a pair of boots, a hoodie and a gloves.

How is the diving and fishing near Cowes?

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

Directions to Cowes: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Cowes...

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