Nags Head Pier water temperature
Nags Head Pier ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 3.5

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Nags Head Pier Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(North Carolina, USA)

Today's Nags Head Pier sea temperature is 26.8 °C.

Statistics for 20 Aug (1981–2005) – mean: 26.6 °C, range: 25.4 °C to 27.4 °C

Sunny with very warm air temperatures, feeling like 26 °C once we account for any wind. Sea temperatures (26 °C) very warm too. Staying comfortable in the water at Nags Head Pier won't be a problem, but wear at least a rash-vest to keep the UV off.

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Nags Head Pier. 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.

Nags Head Pier 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.

Nags Head Pier sea water temperatures peak in the range 25 to 28°C (77 to 82°F) on around the 23rd 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 sea water temperatures at Nags Head Pier 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 lowest sea water temperatures at Nags Head Pier 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 Nags Head Pier 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 Nags Head Pier. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.

 

 

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