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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Folkestone, England

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

Folkestone is a beach in England. The water temperature around Folkestone varies dramatically throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 5.9°C (42.6°F) in February up to 16.8°C (62.2°F) in the month of August, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 11°C (53°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Folkestone 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 Folkestone?

The current water temperature in the month of April at Folkestone is about:
8°C (47°F)

Are there surf spots near Folkestone?

There are not too many surf spots close to Folkestone. The next good one is Folkestone East Cliff Sands, which is about 1.7km (12.7miles) away from Folkestone. Click here for directions and for more information on Folkestone East Cliff Sands and its current water temperature. Other good surfspots near Folkestone are The Wall, which is roughly 20.5km (12.7miles) away, and Broadstairs, located approximately 22.4km (13.9miles) from Folkestone.

Are there any other beautiful beaches near Folkestone?

Yes, there are some nice beaches in proximity to Folkestone. The closest one is Sandgate, which is only 1.4km (0.9miles) away from Folkestone. Another fun beach near Folkestone is Lydd-on-Sea, which is ca 12.9km (8miles) away.

What wetsuit is needed for Folkestone?

The water temperature at Folkestone 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 3/2 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 diving . However, during late winter, temperatures cool down to nearly 6°C (43°F). During this time, a 5/4 wetsuit is recommended 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 periods of time . For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to have a pair of boots, a hoodie and a gloves.

How is the scuba diving and fishing close to Folkestone?

Due to comparatively large temperature changes throughout the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions change a lot depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 6 to 11°C (43-52°F) during January, February, and March. Haddock, Pollock, and Atlantic Cod can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. The conditions normally change during July, August, and September when water temperatures reach 12 to 17°C (53-62°F). Fish which can often be found in waters of this temperature range include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Folkestone: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Folkestone...

Do you know what the the city Al Hilah in the Palestinian Territory, the city Lido di Iesolo in the Italy, and the city Saint-Marc-Jaumegarde in the France have in common with Folkestone? Click on the links to find out...