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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 coastal city in the United States. It is a fairly mid-size city close to the ocean with a population of 95535 people. The water temperature around Portsmouth has significant variability year round. The temperature ranges from 3.5°C (38.2°F) in February up to 21.2°C (70.1°F) in the month of August, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 12°C (54°F) and the best time for water activities is late 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 near Portsmouth?

The current water temperature in the month of September near Portsmouth is about:
20°C (67°F)

Are there surf spots close by?

Yes, there are a few surf spots in proximity to Portsmouth. The closest one is 42nd St VA Beach, which is only 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 surfspots near Portsmouth are 81st Street, which is ca 17.8km (11miles) away, and Virginia Beach, located 17.9km (11.1miles) from Portsmouth.

Are there gorgeous beaches close by?

There are not too many beaches close to Portsmouth. A good beach nearby is Portsmouth, which is only 0km (0miles) away from Portsmouth. Another nice beach near Portsmouth is Smith Beach, roughly 40.5km (25.1miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit is needed for Portsmouth?

The sea temperature around Portsmouth 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 recommended to feel comfortable, but some people might even be ok with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving around Portsmouth. Nevertheless, during January, February, and March, temperatures cool down to approximately 3°C (38°F). During these months, a 5-6mm drysuit with booties, hoddie and gloves is recommended to be able to stay in the water for a significant amount of time, but some might even be fine with a very good 5/6mm wetsuit for very short periods of time . For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be recommended to have a big supply of extra warm clothing and hot drinks.

How is the diving and fishing close to Portsmouth?

Due to comparatively large temperature changes throughout the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions change quite a bit depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 3 to 8°C (38-47°F) during winter. Pollock, Winter Flounder, and Atlantic Cod love this temperature range. The conditions usually change during summer when temperatures range from 16 to 21°C (61-70°F). Fish which like to swim in waters of this temperature range include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Portsmouth: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Portsmouth...

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