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Kitty Hawk Pier Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(North Carolina, USA)

Today's Kitty Hawk Pier sea temperature is 14.8 °C.

Statistics for 01 Dec (1981–2005) – mean: 18.0 °C, range: 15.5 °C to 21.3 °C

Cool Kitty Hawk Pier water temperature today (14 °C) and cold weather (windchill of 3 °C) but at least there should be some sunshine to help stay warm. We suggest wearing a good spring wetsuit, ideally with a neoprene hood, maybe neoprene boots and gloves too.

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)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Kitty Hawk 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.

Kitty Hawk Pier Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Kitty Hawk Pier sea water temperatures peak in the range 25 to 28°C (77 to 82°F) on around the 20th of July and are at their minimum on about the 1st of March, in the range 11 to 16°C (52 to 61°F). Year round warm sea water temperatures at Kitty Hawk Pier 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 minimum sea water temperatures at Kitty Hawk 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 Kitty Hawk 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 Kitty Hawk Pier. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.