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Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 2.8

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1st street Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(North Carolina, USA)

Today's 1st street sea temperature is 25.4 °C.

Statistics for 16 Jul (1981–2005) – mean: 26.6 °C, range: 24.6 °C to 27.8 °C

Sunny with very warm air temperatures, feeling like 27 °C once we account for any wind. Sea temperatures (25 °C) very warm too. Staying comfortable in the water at 1st street won't be a problem, but wear at least a rash-vest to keep the UV off.

United States Sea Water Temperature

Map of current United States
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
United States Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current United States
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for 1st street. This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

1st street Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on Surf-Forecast.com are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

1st street water temperatures peak in the range 26 to 28°C (79 to 82°F) on around the 25th of July and are at their lowest on about the 1st of March, in the range 11 to 17°C (52 to 63°F). Year round warm water temperatures at 1st street climb to their maximum in late July. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. The lowest water temperatures at 1st street at the beginning of March are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at 1st street can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at 1st street. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.

 

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.