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Corolla Lighthouse water temperature
Corolla Lighthouse ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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Corolla Lighthouse Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(North Carolina, USA)

Today's Corolla Lighthouse sea temperature is 16.2 °C.

Statistics for 24 May (1981–2005) – mean: 20.7 °C, range: 18.3 °C to 23.4 °C

The water temperature (16 °C) at Corolla Lighthouse is quite cool. If the sun shines as we have forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good spring wetsuit. Effective windchill factor of (15 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

United States Sea Water Temperature

Map of current United States
Surface Water Temperatures
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United States Water Temperature Anomaly

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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 Corolla Lighthouse. 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.

Corolla Lighthouse 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.

Corolla Lighthouse water temperatures peak in the range 25 to 28°C (77 to 82°F) on around the 20th of July and are at their coldest on about the 1st of March, in the range 9 to 15°C (48 to 59°F). Year round warm water temperatures at Corolla Lighthouse 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. The coldest water temperatures at Corolla Lighthouse 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 Corolla Lighthouse 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 Corolla Lighthouse. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.