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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Nags Head, United States

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Nags Head...

Nags Head is a beach in the United States. The water temperature around Nags Head has significant variability year round. The temperature ranges from 4.8°C (40.6°F) in February up to 24°C (75.1°F) in the month of July, as shown in the interactive table below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 16°C (61°F) and the best time for water activities is summer, since Nags Head 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 at Nags Head?

The current water temperature in the month of May at Nags Head is ca:
16°C (62°F)

Are there surf spots in close proximity to Nags Head?

Yes, there are a few surf spots close to Nags Head. The nearest one is Nags Head, which is only 0.5km (6.9miles) away from Nags Head. Click here for directions and for more information on Nags Head and its current water temperature. Other good surfspots near Nags Head are Kitty Hawk Pier, which is approximately 11.1km (6.9miles) away, and Chicahauk, located ca 12.1km (7.5miles) from Nags Head.

Are there any other sandy beaches close by?

There are some gorgeous beaches in proximity to Nags Head. The closest one is Southern Shores, which is 13.9km (8.6miles) away from Nags Head. Another nice beach near Nags Head is Duck, which is ca 16.4km (10.2miles) away.

Which wetsuit thickness is needed for Nags Head?

The sea temperature at Nags Head is warm, reaching up to 24°C (75°F) in the months of June, July, and August. During this time, in the summer, a light top or a jumpsuit might be required to feel comfortable, but some might even be fine without a wetsuit for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving . Nevertheless, during late winter, sea temperatures come down to nearly 5°C (41°F). During this season, a 5-6mm drysuit with booties, hoddie and gloves is recommended to be able to stay in the water for several hours, but some might even be fine with a very good 5/6mm wetsuit for very short amounts of time . For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to have a big supply of extra warm clothing and hot drinks.

How is the diving and fishing close to Nags Head?

Due to significant temperature changes during the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions vary a lot depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 5 to 10°C (41-50°F) during January, February, and March. Pollock, Winter Flounder, and Atlantic Cod can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions usually change during June, July, and August when sea temperatures reach 19 to 24°C (66-75°F). Fish that can often times be found in waters with these temperatures include: Bigeye Tuna, Blackfin Tuna, King Mackerel, Spotted Seatrout, and White Marlin.

Directions to Nags Head: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Fun facts about Nags Head...

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