Holden Beach water temperature
Holden Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.7
Difficulty Level: 2.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.7
Crowds: 3.7

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Holden Beach Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(North Carolina, USA)

Today's Holden Beach sea temperature is 21.8 °C.

Statistics for 31 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 24.0 °C, range: 22.5 °C to 25.3 °C

The Holden Beach water temperature is warm (21 °C) but the air temperature will feel a lot cooler (12 °C). A good quality spring wetsuit would be ideal

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 Holden Beach. 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.

Holden Beach 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.

Holden Beach sea water temperatures peak in the range 27 to 29°C (81 to 84°F) on around the 20th of July and are at their coldest on about the 14th of February, in the range 18 to 22°C (64 to 72°F). Year round warm sea water temperatures at Holden Beach climb to their maximum in mid to late July. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Holden Beach sea water temperatures are coldest in mid February. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Holden Beach 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 Holden Beach. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.

 

 

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