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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Leiden, Netherlands

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

Leiden is a coastal city in the Netherlands. It is a quite mid-size city close to the water with a population of 119713 people. The water temperature around Leiden has extreme variability throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 4.8°C (40.6°F) in February up to 19.2°C (66.5°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 Leiden 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 Leiden?

The current water temperature in the month of January near Leiden is about:
6°C (42°F)

Are there surf spots near Leiden?

Yes, there are several surf spots close to Leiden. The closest one is Katwijk, which is just 5.3km (3.4miles) away from Leiden. Click here for directions and for more information on Katwijk and its water temperature. Other surfspots near Leiden are Katwijk watering, which is approximately 5.5km (3.4miles) away, and Wassenaar, located 6.2km (3.8miles) from Leiden.

Are there beaches near Leiden?

No, there are not too many beaches near to Leiden. The closest decent beach is Bredene, which is just 91.7km (56.9miles) away from Leiden. Another gorgeous beach near Leiden is Ostend, roughly 94km (58.4miles) away.

What wetsuit do I need for Leiden?

The water temperature around Leiden is relatively cold, reaching up to 19°C (66°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a 3/2 wetsuit might be required to be in the water for more than half an hour, but some people might even be ok with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving around Leiden. Nevertheless, during January, February, and March, water temperatures reach lows of roughly 5°C (41°F). In this season, a 5/6 drysuit with booties, hoddie and gloves is required to be able to stay in the water for more than 20 minutes, but some might even be ok with a very good 5/6mm wetsuit for very short amounts of time . For very windy conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to bring a big supply of extra warm clothing and hot drinks.

How is the scuba diving and fishing close to Leiden?

Due to comparatively large temperature changes throughout the year, diving and fishing conditions vary a lot depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 5 to 10°C (41-50°F) during winter. Pollock, Winter Flounder, and Atlantic Cod can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. The conditions typically change during summer when temperatures range from 14 to 19°C (57-66°F). Fish that like to roam around in waters of this temperature range include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Leiden: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Leiden...

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