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

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

Margate is a beach in England. The water temperature around Margate has significant variability throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 6.2°C (43.2°F) in February up to 17.5°C (63.6°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 Margate 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 Margate?

The current water temperature in the month of October at Margate is approximately:
15°C (59°F)

Are there surf spots close to Margate?

Yes, there are several surf spots close to Margate. The nearest one is Joss Bay, which is just 2.7km (2miles) away from Margate. Click here for directions and for more information on Joss Bay and its water temperature. Other surfspots near Margate are Broadstairs, which is ca 3.3km (2miles) away, and The Wall, located 4.3km (2.7miles) from Margate.

Are there any other nice beaches close by?

Yes, there are some other gorgeous beaches near to Margate. The closest one is Westgate-on-Sea, which is 2.3km (1.4miles) away from Margate. Another beautiful beach near Margate is Broadstairs, which is 2.8km (1.8miles) away.

Which wetsuit thickness do I need for Margate?

The water temperature at Margate is relatively cold, reaching up to 18°C (64°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 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 . Nevertheless, during January, February, and March, sea temperatures come down to 6°C (43°F). During these months, a 4-5mm wetsuit is required to feel not too cold, but some people might even be ok with a very high-quality 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 Margate?

Due to relatively large temperature changes during the year, fishing and diving conditions vary a lot depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 6 to 11°C (43-52°F) during winter. Haddock, Pollock, and Atlantic Cod love this temperature range. The conditions normally change during summer when temperatures go up to 13 to 18°C (55-64°F). Fish that love this water temperature include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Margate: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Interesting facts about Margate...

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