Outer Banks Pier Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide
(North Carolina, USA)
Today's Outer Banks Pier sea temperature is 18.4 °C.
Statistics for 26 Apr (1981–2005) – mean: 18.9 °C, range: 16.2 °C to 21.6 °C
The water temperature (18 °C) at Outer Banks Pier is relatively warm. If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a summer wetsuit. Effective air temperature of 15 °C.
Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Outer Banks 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.
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.
Outer Banks Pier sea 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 12 to 17°C (54 to 63°F). Year round warm sea temperatures at Outer Banks Pier 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 sea temperatures at Outer Banks 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 Outer Banks 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 Outer Banks Pier. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.