Outer Banks Water Temperature

(Today) 2024

19.2°C / 66.5°F

The water will feel tepid. Swimming will be tolerable without a wetsuit, although it will take a little getting used to. If you intend to stay in the water for a while a 3/2mm wetsuit will be ideal.

Current weather

15°C / 59°F
(overcast clouds)
Partly cloudy
Wind
9 mph
Humidity
89%

The measurements for the water temperature in Outer Banks, North Carolina are provided by the daily satellite readings provided by the NOAA. The temperatures given are the sea surface temperature (SST) which is most relevant to recreational users.

Water temp by month

Monthly average max / min water temperatures

The graph below shows the range of monthly Outer Banks water temperature derived from many years of historical sea surface temperature data.

Outer Banks average maximum / minimum water temperatures
Maximum and minimum monthly sea temperatures in Outer Banks
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min °C 10 9.9 11 13 16 21.6 24.4 26.3 23.4 19.2 16.7 14.2
Max °C 15.8 13.8 15.6 19.7 24.4 27.5 28.3 28.9 27.9 26.5 20.2 18.8
Min °F 52.3 51.3 53.6 58 64.2 73.2 77.4 80.4 75.9 69.4 63.4 59.4
Max °F 58.1 55.2 58.2 64.7 72.6 79.1 81.3 83 80.4 76.7 66.9 64

The warmest water temperature is in August with an average around 81.7°F / 27.6°C. The coldest month is February with an average water temperature of 53.2°F / 11.8°C.


7 day tide forecast for Outer Banks

SatSunMonTueWedThuFri
  • Low 12:59am
    (0.07m)
  • High 7:06am
    (0.2m)
  • Low 1:13pm
    (0.05m)
  • High 7:50pm
    (0.23m)
  • Low 1:54am
    (0.07m)
  • High 7:53am
    (0.2m)
  • Low 1:50pm
    (0.04m)
  • High 8:29pm
    (0.24m)
  • Low 2:45am
    (0.06m)
  • High 8:35am
    (0.19m)
  • Low 2:26pm
    (0.04m)
  • High 9:07pm
    (0.25m)
  • Low 3:34am
    (0.05m)
  • High 9:14am
    (0.18m)
  • Low 3:00pm
    (0.03m)
  • High 9:44pm
    (0.27m)
  • Low 4:21am
    (0.05m)
  • High 9:51am
    (0.18m)
  • Low 3:34pm
    (0.03m)
  • High 10:22pm
    (0.28m)
  • Low 5:07am
    (0.05m)
  • High 10:28am
    (0.17m)
  • Low 4:07pm
    (0.03m)
  • High 11:00pm
    (0.29m)
  • Low 5:54am
    (0.05m)
  • High 11:07am
    (0.17m)
  • Low 4:42pm
    (0.04m)
  • High 11:40pm
    (0.3m)
7 day tide times for Outer Banks

*These tide times are estimates based on the nearest accurate location (Rodanthe, Pamlico Sound, North Carolina) and may differ by up to half an hour depending on distance. Please note, the tide times given are not suitable for navigational purposes.