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

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

Dover is a coastal city in United Kingdom. It is a relatively small coastal town in proximity to the ocean with a population of 28156 people. The water temperature around Dover changes dramatically during the year. The temperature ranges from 6.4°C (43.5°F) in February up to 16.6°C (61.9°F) in the month of August, as shown in the graph below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 11°C (53°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Dover 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 Dover?

The current water temperature in the month of December in the waters close to Dover is approximately:
0°C (32°F)

Are there surf spots near by?

Yes, there are several surf spots in close proximity to Dover. The nearest one is Folkestone East Cliff Sands, which is only 5.1km (9.1miles) away from Dover. Click here for directions and for more information on Folkestone East Cliff Sands and its water temperature. Other good surfspots near Dover are The Wall, which is ca 14.7km (9.1miles) away, and Broadstairs, located ca 16.7km (10.3miles) from Dover.

Are there beaches near by?

Yes, there are more gorgeous beaches in proximity to Dover. The closest one is Folkestone, which is 6.7km (4.2miles) away from Dover. Another gorgeous beach near Dover is Deal, which is approximately 7.6km (4.7miles) away.

What wetsuit thickness is needed for Dover?

The water temperature around Dover 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 several hours, but some might even be fine with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving . Nevertheless, during January, February, and March, sea temperatures come down to nearly 6°C (43°F). During this season, a 5/4 wetsuit is required to feel not too cold, but some might even be ok with a very high-quality 4/3mm suit for short amounts of time . For very windy conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to carry a pair of boots, a hoodie and a gloves.

How is the scuba diving and fishing near Dover?

Due to relatively large sea temperature changes during the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions change a lot depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 6 to 11°C (43-52°F) during January, February, and March. Haddock, Pollock, and Atlantic Cod love this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions change during summer when temperatures go up to 12 to 17°C (53-62°F). Fish that can often be found in waters with these temperatures include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Dover: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Interesting facts about Dover...

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