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Virginia is classified as a Middle Atlantic State and its official title is the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is bordered by numerous states, with North Carolina and Tennessee to the south, Kentucky and West Virginia to the west and Maryland to the north. The capital city of Virginia is Richmond, although the most populous city is Virginia Beach.

With regard to the climate, it is very hard to give an all encompassing temperature guide, as Virginia has various climates depending on where you are located. The variation of temperatures can be seen with a July average of 60-85f in the Sothwestern Mountain region, which includes the Blue Ridge Mountains to 71-85f in the Tidewater region, which includes the Chesapeake Bay area. For our purposes, we will give you the figures for the Virginia Beach area, which is obviously on the Atlantic Ocean. Virginia Beach has a temperate climate with hot summers reaching 88f/31c in the July/August period. The summers tend to be humid and therefore, rather hot and sticky. Rainfall is mainly in the spring and summer with an average of 45 inches and there is about 7"/18cm of snow during the winter.

Virginia Beach has various operators that visit wrecks in the offshore area as well as some wrecks in the Chesapeake Bay area. Known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, you can take your pick, as to what wrecks you want to dive and at what depth. For example, at 60 feet you can dive the USS Tiger which was sunk by a U boat, the Hanks and Santore wrecks. At 90 feet, there are lots of wrecks, such as the Monroe, Carolina Breeze, Anthony Anne etc. At 120 feet, there are again a lot of wrecks, such as the John Morgan, Garrison, Eureka, Lillian Luckenbach.

There is inland diving in Virginia and Lake Rawlings is popular due to its warm and clear water, which make it an ideal location for beginners and certifications. It is also a great place for making a weekend of it, where you can camp. There is Millbrook quarry and a quarry in Fredericksburg where you can dive to 100 and 80 feet respectively. The usual stuff, such as cars, buses and boats with some fish life can be seen.

Note - Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.
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