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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Thurso, Scotland

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

Thurso is a beach in Scotland. The water temperature around Thurso has average variability throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 6.1°C (42.9°F) in April up to 12.6°C (54.7°F) in the month of August, as shown in the interactive table below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 9°C (49°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Thurso 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 Thurso?

The current water temperature in the month of April at Thurso is ca:
6°C (43°F)

Are there surf spots close by?

Yes, there are a few surf spots in proximity to Thurso. The closest one is Thurso beach, which is just 0.5km (0.5miles) away from Thurso. Click here to check out more information on Thurso beach and its current water temperature. Other good surfspots near Thurso are Thurso East, which is 0.8km (0.5miles) away, and Sandwood Bay, located roughly 55.5km (34.5miles) from Thurso.

Are there any other white sand beaches close to Thurso?

Not too many beaches are located close to Thurso. The closest decent one is St Andrews Beach, which is 151km (93.8miles) away from Thurso. If you don't mind the long drive, you can also visit Burntisland, approximately 175.5km (109miles) away from Thurso.

What kind of wetsuit do I need for Thurso?

The sea temperature at Thurso is pretty cold, reaching up to 13°C (55°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a 4/3 wetsuit is required to feel comfortable, but some might even be fine with a good-quality 2/3mm suit for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving at Thurso. Nevertheless, during spring, water temperatures drop down to approximately 6°C (43°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 amounts of time . For very chilly 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 Thurso?

Due to significant temperature changes throughout the year, fishing and diving conditions change quite a bit depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 6 to 11°C (43-52°F) during March, April, and May. Haddock, Pollock, and Atlantic Cod are typical fish that can be found in waters of this temperature range. However, the conditions typically change during summer when sea temperatures go up to 8 to 13°C (46-55°F). Fish which can frequently be found in waters with these temperatures include: Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog.

Directions to Thurso: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Fun facts about Thurso...

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