Outer Banks Ocean Water Temperatures Month-to-Month

We love helping visitors plan the perfect vacation on the Outer Banks and we often get questions about how warm the ocean water temperatures currently are. Since we get so many questions regarding this topic, I’ve decided to put together a post outlining the best months to enjoy the warm ocean waters on the OBX.

I figured the easiest way to explain just how warm (on average) ocean water temperatures are is though a table. The numbers below are based on figures from the National Weather Service’s Newport Office.

Month

Max Temperature

Min Temperature

Water Temperature

Precipitation

Wind

January

51°F

36°F

49°F

4.7 inches

14 mph

February

54°F

37°F

46°F

3.2 inches

15 mph

March

60°F

43°F

42°F

4.6 inches

15 mph

April

69°F

51°F

59°F

3.1 inches

14 mph

May

76°F

60°F

68°F

4.2 inches

13 mph

June

83°F

68°F

74°F

4.8 inches

12 mph

July

86°F

72°F

78°F

5.3 inches

11 mph

August

85°F

72°F

80°F

5.6 inches

12 mph

September

81°F

67°F

77°F

4.9 inches

14 mph

October

71°F

57°F

70°F

4.1 inches

14 mph

November

63°F

48°F

58°F

3.4 inches

14 mph

December

55°F

40°F

55°F

3.7 inches

15 mph

The above weather readings reflect the average temperatures (degrees Fahrenheit), wind velocity (MPH) and precipitation (inches) over a length of ten years at Cape Hatteras. 

After viewing the chart, it’s apparent that if you want to take a swim in the Atlantic during your Outer Banks vacation,  then you should definitely plan your visit during the months of May – Oct.  Of course you can still swim in the Atlantic during the other months of the year, but you’re probably going to need a wet suit if you don’t want to freeze to death.

You can read more about weather on the OBX by visiting our Outer Banks Weather Information page on our website.

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