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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Southampton, United Kingdom

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

Southampton is a coastal city in United Kingdom. It is a quite mid-size city close to the water with a population of 246201 people. The water temperature around Southampton has moderate variability year round. The temperature ranges from 7.2°C (44.9°F) in March up to 16.6°C (61.8°F) in the month of August, as illustrated below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 12°C (53°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Southampton 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 Southampton?

The current water temperature in the month of July near Southampton is about:
15°C (59°F)

Are there surf spots located close to Southampton?

Yes, there are a few surf spots close to Southampton. The closest one is Compton, which is just 16.9km (10.7miles) away from Southampton. Click here for directions and for more information on Compton and its current water temperature. Other good surfspots near Southampton are Highcliffe, which is ca 17.2km (10.7miles) away, and Southbourne, located roughly 21.1km (13.1miles) from Southampton.

Are there beaches close by?

There are some other beautiful beaches near to Southampton. The closest one is Pembrey, which is only 3.2km (2miles) away from Southampton. Another good beach near Southampton is Ryde, which is ca 16km (9.9miles) away.

What kind of wetsuit do I need for Southampton?

The sea temperature around Southampton is relatively cold, reaching up to 17°C (62°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 more than half an hour, but some might even be fine with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving . However, during early spring, temperatures reach lows of 7°C (45°F). During this season, a 5/4 wetsuit is recommended to feel not too cold, but some people might even be fine with a very good 4/3mm suit for short periods of time . For very cold conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be advisable to bring a pair of boots, a hoodie and a gloves.

How is the diving and fishing close to Southampton?

Due to comparatively large temperature changes throughout the year, fishing and diving conditions vary a lot depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 7 to 12°C (45-54°F) during February, March, and April. Haddock, Pollock, and Atlantic Cod love this temperature range. However, the conditions change during July, August, and September when water temperatures reach 12 to 17°C (53-62°F). Fish that can often times be found in waters with these temperatures include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Southampton: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Some fun facts about Southampton...

Do you know what the the city Quinipot in the Philippines, the city Haernoesand in the Sweden, and Petch Reef have in common with Southampton? Click on the links to find out...