Current Beach Updates & Conditions
Here's an update on current beach conditions in St. Pete/Clearwater.
Updated at 12:30 p.m., May 24, 2023
Great news! Red tide is not present on St. Pete/Clearwater's beaches (with no area beaches had any issues at the latest report from local officials). Pinellas County and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will continue to test area waters. See the latest red tide conditions on this Pinellas County map.
Also, the non-toxic Trichodesmium or "sea sawdust" algae, which was seen at a few area beaches last week is no longer present.
Although many national news outlets have reported about a massive seaweed or sargassum "blob" coming to Florida, this is not affecting the beaches of St. Pete/Clearwater in any way.
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Beach Safety and Courtesy Every Day
On any beach day, it's important to be aware of current beach conditions. Look to the beach flag warning system (see details lower on this page) and heed any posted warnings. Rip tides are infrequent, but can be present without being obvious to beachgoers.
Below, you'll also find information on seasonal air and water temperatures, as well as additional resources to help you plan your beach vacation.
As you enjoy America's Best Beaches, please remember to be considerate of other beachgoers, wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and have a safe and sunny beach day.
Florida's Beach Warning Flag Program
Many Florida beaches, including beaches in St. Pete/Clearwater, utilize a beach warning flag system to let beachgoers know of current beach conditions. You'll most often see beach warning flags posted on or near lifeguard stands.
Here are the beach warning flag colors and what they mean:
Green Flag: Low hazard, calm conditions.
Yellow Flag: Medium hazard with moderate surf or currents.
Red Flag: High hazard, with high surf or strong currents; when these conditions are present, lifeguards may ask swimmers to get out of the water.
Double Red Flag: Water is closed to the public (you may still walk on the beach, but you may not enter the water).
Blue Flag: Stinging or hazardous marine life such as stingrays or jellyfish are present.
It's important to note that rip currents can occur unexpectedly at any beach. Swimmers should be aware of their surroundings and read about what to do if they get caught in a rip current.
Average Beach Water Temperatures
|January||64 F||17.7 C|
|February||64.4 F||18 C|
|March||66.7 F||19.3 C|
|April||73 F||22.8 C|
|May||78 F||25.6 C|
|June||82.4 F||28 C|
|July||85 F||29.6 C|
|August||86.7 F||30.4 C|
|September||84.6 F||29.2 C|
|October||81 F||27.3 C|
|November||75 F||23.8 C|
|December||68.5 F||20.3 C|
Average Air Temperatures
|January||66.7 F /19.3 C||57 F / 13.7 C|
|February||68.7 F / 20.4 C||59 F / 15 C|
|March||72 F / 22.3 C||62 F / 16.7 C|
|April||78 F / 25.4 C||68 F / 20 C|
|May||82 F / 27.9 C||78 F / 25.6 C|
|June||86 F / 29.9 C||78.4 F / 25.8 C|
|July||87 F / 30.7 C||80 F / 26.6 C|
|August||88 F / 31 C||81 F / 27 C|
|September||87 F / 30.3 C||78 F / 25.5 C|
|October||81 F / 27.3 C||73 F / 22.5 C|
|November||81 F / 27.3 C||75 F / 23.9 C|
|December||71 F / 21.5 C||61 F / 16.2 C|