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

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

Portsmouth is a beach in the United States. The water temperature around Portsmouth has significant variability throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 3.9°C (39°F) in January up to 25.8°C (78.5°F) in the month of July, as shown in the interactive table below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 16°C (60°F) and the best time for water activities is summer, since Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth?

The current water temperature in the month of August at Portsmouth is ca:
25°C (78°F)

Are there surf spots near by?

Yes, there are a few surf spots in close proximity to Portsmouth. The closest one is 42nd St VA Beach, which is just 17.7km (11miles) away from Portsmouth. Click here for directions and to check out more information on 42nd St VA Beach and its water temperature. Other fun surfspots near Portsmouth are 81st Street, which is approximately 17.8km (11miles) away, and Virginia Beach, located ca 17.9km (11.1miles) from Portsmouth.

Are there any other white sand beaches close by?

There are not many beaches close to Portsmouth. The next good one is Smith Beach, which is just 40.5km (25.1miles) away from Portsmouth. Another good beach near Portsmouth is Corolla, approximately 40.8km (25.3miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit do I need for Portsmouth?

The sea temperature at Portsmouth is very warm, reaching up to 26°C (78°F) in the months of June, July, and August. During this time, in the summer, a rashguard or light wetsuit top might be required for temperature-senstive people, but most will be ok without a wetsuit for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving at Portsmouth. However, during winter, temperatures cool down to nearly 4°C (39°F). During these months, a 5-6mm drysuit with booties, hoddie and gloves is recommended 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 windy conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be recommended to bring a big supply of extra warm clothing and hot drinks.

How is the diving and fishing near Portsmouth?

Due to significant sea temperature changes throughout the year, fishing and diving conditions vary quite a bit depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 4 to 9°C (39-48°F) during December, January, and February. Pollock, Winter Flounder, and Atlantic Cod love this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions normally change during June, July, and August when temperatures range from 21 to 26°C (69-78°F). Fish that like to roam around in waters of this temperature range include: Barracuda, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Jack Crevalle, Sailfish, and Yellowfin Tuna.

Directions to Portsmouth: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Fun facts about Portsmouth...

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