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

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

Nantucket is a beach in the United States. The water temperature around Nantucket changes extremely year round. The temperature ranges from 3.6°C (38.5°F) in January up to 21.3°C (70.4°F) in the month of August, as shown in the graph below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 11°C (51°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Nantucket 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 Nantucket?

The current water temperature in the month of May at Nantucket is approximately:
8°C (46°F)

Are there surf spots near by?

Yes, there are several surf spots in close proximity to Nantucket. The closest one is Madaquecham Nantucket Island, which is only 3.2km (2.3miles) away from Nantucket. Click here for more information on Madaquecham Nantucket Island and its water temperature. Other surfspots near Nantucket are Cisco Beach Nantucket Island, which is roughly 3.7km (2.3miles) away, and Madaket, located approximately 6km (3.7miles) from Nantucket.

Are there any other beaches in close proximity to Nantucket?

Yes, there are more nice beaches close to Nantucket. The nearest one is Childrens Beach, which is only 0.3km (0.2miles) away from Nantucket. Another gorgeous beach near Nantucket is Brant Point, which is roughly 0.5km (0.3miles) away.

What wetsuit is needed for Nantucket?

The water temperature at Nantucket 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 3/2 wetsuit might be required to be in the water for a good amount of time, but some might even be ok with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving at Nantucket. Nevertheless, during December, January, and February, sea temperatures cool down to roughly 4°C (38°F). During this time, a 5/6 drysuit with booties, hoddie and gloves is required to be able to stay in the water for several hours, but some people might even be fine with a very high-quality 5/6mm wetsuit for very short amounts of time . For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to bring a stack of extra warm clothing and hot drinks.

How is the scuba diving and fishing near Nantucket?

Due to relatively large sea temperature changes throughout the year, diving and fishing conditions alter a lot depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 4 to 9°C (38-47°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 go up to 16 to 21°C (61-70°F). Fish which can frequently be found in waters of this temperature range include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Nantucket: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Interesting facts about Nantucket...

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