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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Cape Lookout Shoals

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Cape Lookout Shoals...

Cape Lookout Shoals is a geographical landform. The water temperature around Cape Lookout Shoals changes dramatically throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 10.7°C (51.2°F) in February up to 26.7°C (80°F) in the month of August, as shown in the interactive table below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 20°C (67°F) and the best time for water activities is late summer, since Cape Lookout Shoals is located in the northern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature near Cape Lookout Shoals?

The current water temperature in the month of January in the waters around Cape Lookout Shoals is ca:
15°C (58°F)

Are there surf spots near by?

Yes, there are a few surf spots in close proximity to Cape Lookout Shoals. The nearest one is cape lookout, which is only 6.9km (7.9miles) away from Cape Lookout Shoals. Click here for directions and to check out more information on cape lookout and its water temperature. Other fun surfspots near Cape Lookout Shoals are Shackleford Banks, which is ca 12.8km (7.9miles) away, and Atlantic Beach, located roughly 19.5km (12.1miles) from Cape Lookout Shoals.

Are there sandy beaches close by?

There are not many beaches in proximity to Cape Lookout Shoals. A good beach nearby is Atlantic Beach, which is only 19.4km (12miles) away from Cape Lookout Shoals. Another good beach near Cape Lookout Shoals is Pine Knoll Shores, roughly 22.4km (13.9miles) away.

What wetsuit thickness is needed for Cape Lookout Shoals?

The sea temperature at Cape Lookout Shoals is very warm, reaching up to 27°C (80°F) in the months of July, August, and September. During this time, in the late summer, a rashguard or light top might be required for temperature-senstive people, but most will be ok without a wetsuit for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving at Cape Lookout Shoals. However, during late winter, temperatures come down to roughly 11°C (51°F). During these months, a 5/4 wetsuit is recommended to feel not too cold, but some might even be fine with a very high-quality 4/3mm suit for short periods of time . For very windy conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to carry a pair of boots, a hoodie and a gloves.

How is the diving and fishing near Cape Lookout Shoals?

Due to significant water temperature changes during the year, diving and fishing conditions change quite a bit depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 11 to 16°C (51-60°F) during winter. Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog love this temperature range. However, the conditions change during July, August, and September when sea temperatures go up to 22 to 27°C (71-80°F). Fish that can often times be found in waters of this temperature range include: Barracuda, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Jack Crevalle, Sailfish, and Yellowfin Tuna.

Directions to Cape Lookout Shoals: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Fun facts about Cape Lookout Shoals...

Do you know what the the city Sragikrajan in Indonesia, the city Jork in Germany, and the city Carbonear in Canada have in common with Cape Lookout Shoals? Click on the links to find out...