New Hampshire is one of the states that comprise of New England. It has a small Atlantic coastline and to the north borders on the Canadian province of Quebec. It also borders on the 3 New England states of Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. The state capital of New Hampshire is Concord, although the most populous city is Manchester. New Hampshire originally gets it’s name from the southern English county of Hampshire in the UK.
Not surprisingly, the coldest month is January with an average temperature range of 31f/-0.5c (high) and a 9f/-13c (low). July temperatures on average are around the 70f/21c mark. Average rainfall throughout the year is quite constant at either just under 3 inches or just above 3 inches per month.
Scuba diving in New Hampshire is varied, with opportunities for freshwater diving in lakes and quarries such as Lake Winnipesaukee and shore and boat diving. Lake Winnipesaukee has 240 miles of shoreline and 365 islands. Probably the most interesting dive is the 130 foot steamboat “Lady of the Lake” which lies in 35 feet of water. Open water diving is focussed on Portsmouth and the Isle of Shoals where there are plenty of lobsters and seals, but take care as there is unexploded ordinance. During the summer, whilst diving, please ensure that you have a surface flag, as there is quite a lot of boat traffic.
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