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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 surf spot in the United States. The water temperature around Nags Head changes significantly during the year. 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 graph 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 approximately:
16°C (62°F)

Are there any other surf spots near Nags Head?

Yes, there are several surf spots close to Nags Head. The nearest one is Kitty Hawk Pier, which is only 11.6km (7.2miles) away from Nags Head. Click here for directions and for more information on Kitty Hawk Pier and its water temperature. Another fun surfspot near Nags Head is Chicahauk, which is ca 12.6km (7.8miles) away.

Are there beautiful beaches near by?

Yes, there are some beaches in proximity to Nags Head. The closest one is Nags Head, which is 0.5km (0.3miles) away from Nags Head. Another gorgeous beach near Nags Head is Southern Shores, which is approximately 14.4km (9miles) away.

Which wetsuit thickness is needed for Nags Head?

The water 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 1mm top or a jumpsuit might be required to stay in the water for a significant amount of time, but some people might even be fine without a wetsuit for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or diving at Nags Head. However, during January, February, and March, temperatures come down to 5°C (41°F). During these months, a 5-6mm drysuit with booties, hoddie and gloves is recommended to feel not too cold, but some people might even be ok with a very good 5/6mm wetsuit for very short amounts of time . For very cold conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to bring a stack of extra warm clothing and hot drinks.

How is the scuba diving and fishing close to Nags Head?

Due to relatively large temperature changes during the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions vary a lot depending on the time of the year. The temperature ranges from 5 to 10°C (41-50°F) during January, February, and March. Pollock, Winter Flounder, and Atlantic Cod love this temperature range. Nevertheless, the conditions change during June, July, and August when sea temperatures range from 19 to 24°C (66-75°F). Fish which love this water temperature 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.

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