Keep in mind that any day in the Outer Banks, the water can be 75 one day and 55 the next. We had that happen several times in June last year.
As a retired Charter Boat Captain I pay a lot of attention to Water Temps. A lot has been said here so far. I agree with June for the whole Outer Banks North of Buxton. From Buxton to Hatteras the beach faces more to the South and naturally will warm up a little faster along with Ocracoke. Also these beaches that face more South will be affected differently by winds than the upper Outer Banks which face East. I would like to add a few comments not mentioned. First be careful of printed Weather averages for example Outer Banks Visitor's Bureau. They are averages for the whole Outer Banks and it shows 68 degrees for May. No way if you are in Corolla. Next what is the definition of the word swim. Most people would say swim is full immersion in the water for an extended period of time. Most adults would need from 68 to 75 to swim. Remember this is not Florida. Do children really swim? I would say children mostly "Frolic" in the surf and they can first, take a lower temperature than most middle aged adults and two, they really don't swim fully immersed. Therefore children would be happy with the low temps of 62 to 65 in late May or a bad early June. Finally be careful of Water temps you get from the many different sources. First is it Surf Zone? Where was it taken (Corolla or Hatteras)Is it surface or mid depth? What kind of Instrument was used? What time of day? and on and on. I'm not trying to be Dr. Doom and Gloom, I love the Outer Banks, been here for a long time, but don't expect Florida Water or Warm Pool Water anytime. If you need more than 75 to 77 degree water in August try looking eslewhere
Keep in mind that any day in the Outer Banks, the water can be 75 one day and 55 the next. We had that happen several times in June last year. What causes that?
Keep in mind that any day in the Outer Banks, the water can be 75 one day and 55 the next. We had that happen several times in June last year. What causes that? does your Mommy know you're on the computer AGAIN?!?