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

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

Rikers is an island in the United States. It is one of the islands of the Upper East River island group. The water temperature around Rikers changes extremely throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 2.8°C (37°F) in February up to 21.2°C (70.2°F) in the month of August, as shown in the interactive table below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 12°C (53°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Rikers 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 Rikers?

The current water temperature in the month of July in the waters around Rikers is ca:
20°C (68°F)

Are there surf spots close by?

Yes, there are a few surf spots in proximity to Rikers. The closest one is 92nd Street, which is just 14.9km (10miles) away from Rikers. Click here to check out more information on 92nd Street and its water temperature. Other good surfspots near Rikers are Jones Beach, which is 16.2km (10miles) away, and Connecticut Street Jetty, located ca 17.4km (10.8miles) from Rikers.

Are there sandy beaches located close to Rikers?

There are several nice beaches near to Rikers. The nearest one is Manhattan Avenue, which is just 6km (3.7miles) away from Rikers. Another beach near Rikers is Queens Beach Kaloko Beach, which is ca 6.4km (4miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit do I need for Rikers?

The sea temperature around Rikers 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 feel comfortable, but some might even be fine with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving . Nevertheless, during January, February, and March, water temperatures come down to nearly 3°C (37°F). During this time, a 5/6 drysuit with booties, hoddie and gloves is required to feel not too cold, but some might even be ok 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 bring a stack of extra warm clothing and hot drinks.

How is the diving and fishing near Rikers?

Due to significant water temperature changes throughout 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 January, February, and March. Pollock, Winter Flounder, and Atlantic Cod are typical fish that can be found in waters of this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions change during summer when temperatures range from 16 to 21°C (61-70°F). Fish that can often be found in waters of this temperature range include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Rikers: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Fun facts about Rikers...

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