Frisco Pier/Cape Hatteras water temperature
Frisco Pier/Cape Hatteras ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

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Frisco Pier/Cape Hatteras Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(North Carolina, USA)

Today's Frisco Pier/Cape Hatteras sea temperature is 21.2 °C.

Statistics for 30 Jan (1981–2005) – mean: 17.9 °C, range: 14.4 °C to 20.0 °C

The water temperature (21 °C) at Frisco Pier/Cape Hatteras is warm today but the windchill (0 °C) will make the air temperature seem much colder than the sea and it is forecast to be cloudy too so an unusual prospect. You'll need a hooded spring wetsuit to keep surf at Frisco Pier/Cape Hatteras today

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 Frisco Pier/Cape Hatteras. 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.

Frisco Pier/Cape Hatteras Water Temperature Graph

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

Frisco Pier/Cape Hatteras sea temperatures peak in the range 26 to 29°C (79 to 84°F) on around the 23rd of July and are at their coldest on about the 1st of March, in the range 15 to 20°C (59 to 68°F). Year round warm sea temperatures at Frisco Pier/Cape Hatteras climb to their warmest in the fourth week of July. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. The coldest seasonal sea temperatures at Frisco Pier/Cape Hatteras at the beginning of March lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Frisco Pier/Cape Hatteras 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 Frisco Pier/Cape Hatteras. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.


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