Weather

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Weather conditions can change quickly on Assateague Island. Please plan accordingly.
The weather at Assateague is usually cooler and windier than the adjacent mainland in the winter, spring and summer months. In the fall months it is usually warmer than the mainland. Weather conditions can change quickly and there are few areas to shelter from storm conditions. Before your visit, please check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
 

Climate

Spring: Often windy and cool with lows in the 40's and highs in the 60's.
Summer: Hot and humid with lows in the 60's and highs in the 80's.
Fall: Warm with lows in the 50's and highs in the 70's.
Winter: Damp cold and often windy. Lows in the 20's, highs in the 40's.

 

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Assateague Weather Observations

Get the latest weather data reported from our mid-island weather station.

2020 Assateague Weather in Review
This resource brief provides a summary of both historic and current (2020) weather data for Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland.

 

NOAA Tide Predictions

Maryland District Tides
Ocean City, Inlet (pdf file, 478 kb)
Public Landing (pdf file, 339 kb)
South Point, Sinepuxent Neck (pdf file, 397 kb)

Virginia District Tides
Wallops Island (oceanside) (pdf file, 477 kb)
Assateague Beach, Toms Cove (cove/bayside) (pdf file, 490 kb)
Chincoteague Channel, South End (pdf file, 421 kb)
Chincoteague Island, Oyster Bay (pdf file, 511 kb)

 

Real Time Tidal Gauge Data - USGS National Water Information System

Curtis Merrit Harbor of Refuge, Chincoteague, VA

 

Beach Safety During Lightning Storms

Every year lightning strikes kill or injure beach-goers around the world. If thunder can be heard then lightning is present. These simple steps can help save your life:
  • Obey posted closures.
  • Retreat to your car or other shelter and wait out the storm.
  • Do not use the showers as you leave the beach during a storm.
  • If you are caught in an open area, crouch on the balls of your feet and lean forward with your hands on your knees. Do not lie down or put your hands on the ground.
  • Sound travels a million times slower than light. When you see a flash, time the seconds it takes to hear the thunder. A 5-second difference between the lightning flash and the thunder means the lightning struck 1 mile away. For each additional 5 seconds the strike is another mile away.

Last updated: May 27, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811

Phone:

(410) 641-1441

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