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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Fire Island, United States

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Fire Island...

Fire Island is a beach in the United States. The water temperature around Fire Island changes significantly during the year. The temperature ranges from 3.2°C (37.8°F) in February up to 21.6°C (70.9°F) in the month of August, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 12°C (54°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Fire Island 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 at Fire Island?

The current water temperature in the month of May at Fire Island is about:
11°C (52°F)

Are there surf spots close by?

Yes, there are several surf spots in proximity to Fire Island. The closest one is Fire Island Point of Woods, which is only 0.9km (4miles) away from Fire Island. Click here for directions and for more information on Fire Island Point of Woods and its water temperature. Other good surfspots near Fire Island are Robert Moses, which is 6.5km (4miles) away, and Democrat Point Robert Moses, located approximately 8.6km (5.4miles) from Fire Island.

Are there any other beaches close by?

Yes, there are a few other beautiful beaches in proximity to Fire Island. The closest one is Cordwood, which is 17km (10.5miles) away from Fire Island. Another beach near Fire Island is Jones Beach, which is ca 19.5km (12.1miles) away.

What wetsuit is needed for Fire Island?

The water temperature at Fire Island is relatively cold, reaching up to 22°C (71°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 might even be fine with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving at Fire Island. Nevertheless, during late winter, sea temperatures cool down to roughly 3°C (38°F). During this time, a 5-6mm drysuit with booties, hoddie and gloves is required to be able to stay in the water for a significant amount of time, but some might even be ok with a very high-quality 5/6mm wetsuit for very short periods of time . For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be recommended to bring a stack of extra warm clothing and hot drinks.

How is the scuba diving and fishing close to Fire Island?

Due to comparatively large temperature changes throughout the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions vary a lot depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 3 to 8°C (38-47°F) during January, February, and March. Pollock, Winter Flounder, and Atlantic Cod are typical fish that can be found in waters of this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions typically change during summer when water temperatures reach 17 to 22°C (62-71°F). Fish which love this water temperature include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Fire Island: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Fire Island...

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