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

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

Norfolk is a coastal city in the United States. It is a fairly medium-sized town close to the ocean with a population of 242803 people. The water temperature around Norfolk changes extremely throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 3°C (37.3°F) in March up to 18.4°C (65.1°F) in the month of August, as shown in the interactive table below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 10°C (50°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Norfolk 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 Norfolk?

The current water temperature in the month of May in the waters around Norfolk is ca:
10°C (49°F)

Are there surf spots close by?

Yes, there are a few surf spots in proximity to Norfolk. The nearest one is 42nd St VA Beach, which is just 16.8km (10.5miles) away from Norfolk. Click here to check out more information on 42nd St VA Beach and its water temperature. Other surfspots near Norfolk are 81st Street, which is approximately 16.9km (10.5miles) away, and Virginia Beach, located approximately 17.1km (10.7miles) from Norfolk.

Are there sandy beaches close by?

There are not many beaches in proximity to Norfolk. The next good one is Portsmouth, which is 1.1km (0.7miles) away from Norfolk. Another good beach near Norfolk is Smith Beach, 39.4km (24.5miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit thickness do I need for Norfolk?

The sea temperature around Norfolk is relatively cold, reaching up to 18°C (65°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a 2-3mm wetsuit might be required to feel comfortable, but some might even be ok with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving around Norfolk. Nevertheless, during February, March, and April, water temperatures reach lows of nearly 3°C (37°F). During this season, a 5-6mm drysuit with booties, hoddie and gloves is recommended to feel not too cold, but some might even be ok with a very high-quality 5/6mm wetsuit for very short amounts of time . For very cold conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be advisable to bring a stack of extra warm clothing and hot drinks.

How is the diving and fishing near Norfolk?

Due to significant water temperature changes during the year, fishing and diving conditions alter quite a bit depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 3 to 8°C (37-46°F) during spring. Pollock, Winter Flounder, and Atlantic Cod love this temperature range. The conditions usually change during summer when temperatures range from 13 to 18°C (56-65°F). Fish that like to hang out in waters of this temperature range include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Norfolk: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Fun facts about Norfolk...

Do you know what the the city Rossmoor in the United States, the city Brorup in the Denmark, and the city Churriana de la Vega in the Spain have in common with Norfolk? Click on the links to find out...