Outer Banks Weather Information
Although known as a "summer " destination, the temperate Outer Banks weather makes it an enjoyable destination year-round. A combination of bright sunny days tempered by gentle ocean breezes, the Outer Banks enjoys around 200 sunny days each year, with a year-round average hovering around 70°. Wind is an everyday occurrence on the Outer Banks and can range from gentle southwest breezes to strong northeast storm winds.
The summer months average lows from the mid 70's to highs near 90, depending on the time of the summer. Average temperatures on the Outer Banks climb to 85°, but even on the hottest of summer days you can expect a slight to moderate ocean breeze. In summer, the wind blows out of the southwest and tends to pick up speed in the late afternoon.
Visiting North Carolina's Outer Banks in the fall is perfect for spending your days outdoors. Expect temperatures in the lower 80's in September, and mid-70's in October.
Winter temperatures are usually cool, though the wind can make it feel colder. Winter daytime temperatures average in the lower 50's with nights averaging in the upper 30's.
Spring is typically a mild season; however, temperatures in the spring can be very unpredictable. Average daytime temperatures are normally in the upper 60's and lower 70's.
The following weather readings reflect the average temperatures (degrees Fahrenheit), wind velocity (MPH), and precipitation (inches) for the past ten years from Cape Hatteras. These temperatures have been provided by The National Weather Service Newport Office.
The National Weather Service has created a beach forecast website containing current weather, rip current risk, water temperature and UV index information for each town on the Outer Banks. This information is very useful in deciding where to swim, whether or not it is safe to swim, and advises on any precautions you may need to take. Check out the daily beach forecast by clicking this link: https://www.weather.gov/beach/mhx and make a habit of checking it each day before you hit the beach.