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Long Beach water temperature
Long Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.8

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Long Beach Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(North Carolina, USA)

Today's Long Beach sea temperature is 23.9 °C.

Statistics for 20 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 24.7 °C, range: 23.1 °C to 26.2 °C

The water temperature (23 °C) at Long Beach is warm and the air temperature should feel similar (windchill forecast 19 °C). If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a shorty or a summer wetsuit.

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 Long Beach. 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.

Long Beach 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.

Long Beach water temperatures peak in the range 27 to 29°C (81 to 84°F) on around the 18th of July and are at their minimum on about the 1st of February, in the range 18 to 23°C (64 to 73°F). Year round warm water temperatures at Long Beach climb to their maximum in the third week of July. Even then a rash vest and board shorts should be fine for surfing at any time of year. Long Beach water temperatures are minimum at the beginning of 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 Long Beach 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 Long Beach. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.