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

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

Folkestone is a coastal city in United Kingdom. It is a fairly dense town close to the water with a population of 45992 people. The water temperature around Folkestone changes dramatically during 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 shown in the interactive table 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 near Folkestone?

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

Are there surf spots located close to Folkestone?

There are not many surf spots close to Folkestone. A spot that might be worth checking out is Folkestone East Cliff Sands, which is just 1.1km (12.4miles) away from Folkestone. Click here for more information on Folkestone East Cliff Sands and its water temperature. Other fun surfspots near Folkestone are The Wall, which is approximately 20km (12.4miles) away, and Broadstairs, located approximately 22km (13.7miles) from Folkestone.

Are there gorgeous beaches near by?

There are some beaches close to Folkestone. The nearest one is Folkestone, which is 0.6km (0.4miles) away from Folkestone. Another gorgeous beach near Folkestone is Sandgate, which is approximately 2km (1.3miles) away.

Which wetsuit thickness is needed for Folkestone?

The sea temperature around 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 2-3mm wetsuit might be required 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 around Folkestone. However, during late winter, sea temperatures drop down to 6°C (43°F). During these months, a 5/4 wetsuit is required to be able to stay in the water for more than 20 minutes, but some might even be ok with a very high-quality 4/3mm suit for short periods of time . For very windy conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be recommended to bring a pair of boots, a hoodie and a gloves.

How is the diving and fishing close to Folkestone?

Due to significant temperature changes during the year, 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 can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. The conditions usually change during July, August, and September when sea temperatures reach 12 to 17°C (53-62°F). Fish which can often times be found in waters with these temperatures 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.

Fun facts about Folkestone...

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