Storm clouds move in over Cape Lookout National Seashore.

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Weather conditions can change rapidly along the coast. There is little shelter on the islands in the event of bad weather, and the open expanses of water that must be crossed to reach the national seashore can become unsafe during storms. It's important to be prepared to change your plans according to the weather.

Weather Forecast

  • By Phone: Call the National Weather Service-Newport/Morehead City office at (252) 223-5737.
  • Online: Visit the National Weather Service's Harkers Island Weather page.

Current Weather Conditions

An automated tower is located on Cape Lookout to monitor weather conditions. The current readings for air temperature, wind speed & direction can be found on the National Data Buoy Center's website.


Seasonal Overview

Not sure what type of weather to expect during your visit? Here's a desciption of our typical weather from season to season.

Spring: Temperatures generally range from 50 F to 70+ F. Rain & wind are common Summer: Temperatures usually range from 80 F to 100 F with high humidity (80-90%). Average wind speed is 10-15 mph. Be prepared with plenty of water. With little shade on the islands, an umbrella to provide shade from the sun is a good idea. Fall: Temperatures usually range from the high 70 F to the upper 40 F. Winter: Temperatures usually range from 50 F - 32 F. Winds can be strong. Dress in layers.

Last updated: January 19, 2017

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