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Masonboro Inlet water temperature
Masonboro Inlet ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.6
Consistency of Surf: 2.4
Difficulty Level: 3.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.2
Crowds: 2.4

Overall: 2.7

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Masonboro Inlet Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(North Carolina, USA)

Today's Masonboro Inlet sea temperature is 25.9 °C.

Statistics for 26 Jun (1981–2005) – mean: 27.3 °C, range: 26.3 °C to 28.4 °C

Very warm in and out of the water temperature at Masonboro Inlet today, but forecast to be overcast. With sea temperatures of 25 °C and a wind chill of 24 °C, most surfers will choose a shorty, boardshorts or a summer suit.

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 Masonboro Inlet. 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.

Masonboro Inlet 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.

Masonboro Inlet sea 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 2nd of February, in the range 18 to 22°C (64 to 72°F). Year round warm sea temperatures at Masonboro Inlet climb to their highest in mid to late July. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Masonboro Inlet sea temperatures are coldest in early 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 Masonboro Inlet 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 Masonboro Inlet. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.