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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Manhattan, United States

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

Manhattan is a coastal city in the United States. It is a quite huge city close to the water with a population of 1487536 people. The water temperature around Manhattan varies dramatically throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 2.8°C (37°F) in February up to 21.2°C (70.2°F) in the month of August, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 12°C (53°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Manhattan 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 Manhattan?

The current water temperature in the month of December near Manhattan is about:
0°C (32°F)

Are there surf spots located close to Manhattan?

Yes, there are a few surf spots close to Manhattan. The nearest one is 92nd Street, which is 16km (11.4miles) away from Manhattan. Click here for more information on 92nd Street and its current water temperature. Other good surfspots near Manhattan are Jones Beach, which is approximately 18.3km (11.4miles) away, and Connecticut Street Jetty, located approximately 19.7km (12.2miles) from Manhattan.

Are there beaches close by?

There are some gorgeous beaches in proximity to Manhattan. The nearest one is Manhattan Avenue, which is 4.4km (2.7miles) away from Manhattan. Another good beach near Manhattan is Palisades Park, which is ca 4.8km (3miles) away.

Which wetsuit thickness is recommended for Manhattan?

The sea temperature around Manhattan is relatively cold, reaching up to 21°C (70°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 a good amount of time, but some might even be fine with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving . However, during January, February, and March, temperatures reach lows of nearly 3°C (37°F). During this season, a 5-6mm drysuit with booties, hoddie and gloves is recommended to be able to stay in the water for a significant amount of time, but some might even be fine with a very good 5/6mm wetsuit for very short amounts of time . For very cold conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be recommended to carry a stack of extra warm clothing and hot drinks.

How is the diving and fishing close to Manhattan?

Due to comparatively large temperature changes during the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions alter a lot depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 3 to 8°C (37-46°F) during January, February, and March. Pollock, Winter Flounder, and Atlantic Cod can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. The conditions normally change during July, August, and September when temperatures reach 16 to 21°C (61-70°F). Fish that love this water temperature include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Manhattan: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Manhattan...

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