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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 an island in the United States. It is located in the New York island group. The water temperature around Manhattan changes significantly 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 shown in the graph 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 July near Manhattan is approximately:
20°C (68°F)

Are there surf spots close by?

Yes, there are several surf spots in proximity to Manhattan. The nearest one is 92nd Street, which is only 16.3km (11.4miles) away from Manhattan. Click here for directions and to check out more information on 92nd Street and its water temperature. Other surfspots near Manhattan are Jones Beach, which is approximately 18.4km (11.4miles) away, and Connecticut Street Jetty, located ca 19.8km (12.3miles) from Manhattan.

Are there nice beaches near by?

Yes, there are several other beaches in proximity to Manhattan. The closest one is Palisades Park, which is just 4.5km (2.8miles) away from Manhattan. Another beach near Manhattan is Manhattan Avenue, which is 4.8km (3miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit thickness is needed for Manhattan?

The water 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 feel comfortable, but some might even be ok with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving around Manhattan. However, during January, February, and March, sea temperatures reach lows of 3°C (37°F). In this season, a 5/6 drysuit with booties, hoddie and gloves is recommended to feel not too cold, but some might even be ok with a very good 5/6mm wetsuit for very short periods of time . For very cold conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be advisable to carry a big supply of extra warm clothing and hot drinks.

How is the scuba diving and fishing close to Manhattan?

Due to relatively large temperature changes during the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions vary quite a bit depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 3 to 8°C (37-46°F) during winter. Pollock, Winter Flounder, and Atlantic Cod love this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions usually change during July, August, and September when temperatures go up to 16 to 21°C (61-70°F). Fish that can often times be found in waters with these temperatures 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.

Interesting facts about Manhattan...

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