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Old 12-09-2009, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Indiana
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I've looked over the weather sites, the individual island websites etc. According to those it should be around 79* air temp and 69* water temp at the end of May. But being as NC is a whole different world from the midwest I want to know what those temps translate to on human skin? We were on the beach at Tybee in February of 08 and perfectly comfy in jeans and t-shirts in 42 degree weather whereas 42 degrees here usually means long sleeve tshirts and a sweatjacket minimum just to walk the dog.

For specifics, we're looking at being in the area 17-24 May, staying at either the Comfort Suites in Jacksonville or the Springhill Suites in New Bern, and will be looking to both spend time on the beach as well as walk around and get a feel for some of the cities & towns surrounding Jacksonville, as we are looking to move in 2011 and the New Bern area is one of 3 areas we are focusing on for potential residency.

TIA for any and all advice in this matter
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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But being as NC is a whole different world from the midwest I want to know what those temps translate to on human skin?

that depends a great deal upon what human's skin is doing the translating.

for me, May is too cold to swim, but definitely nice enough to be out and about.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Indiana
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Thank you. No beach swimming going on for sure, but the kids have a collection of shells they'd like to add to, and I haven't seen a coastal sunset in years. We'd like to do a sightseeing cruise as well of course but nothing that involves actually being immersed in the ocean. A toe or two in just to say they did it will make them happy.

Of course any recommendations on hotels with indoor heated pools would be helpful as well. Our vacation budget may e a bit bigger than expected so two rooms instead of all 6 of us in one might be do-able
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:33 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Go to the outer banks and watch the sunset over the sound I took these in May 07
Great thing it to early for mosquitoes

Outer Banks Sunset Photos
http://www.city-data.com/forum/1076430-post1.html
There is a differencein temp between early May and Late May
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:38 AM
 
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May is great for the beach, even if the water is chilly. My wife and I moved to New Bern this year (Brices Creek) and love it. Its a great little town and very family friendly.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:40 AM
 
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thank you both.
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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Smile May is certainly not a bad month

We live near Cape Carteret and Emerald Isle. We have had friends visit in April and have an enjoyable visit especially if the visitors are from the north.

Last May was windy, but we had some nice warm temperatures around the time you are planning on coming.

You can see lots of beach photos and area information at a website that I maintain.

Last edited by dsobotta; 12-09-2009 at 12:53 PM.. Reason: wrong link
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Old 12-09-2009, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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Here's a great and graphic display of the differences of water temperatures along the coast of NC during the month of May. The effects of the cold, New England waters are receeding back while the warm Gulf waters push northward. Always think of the point of Hatteras as the dividing line of North/South.
Beachwater temps can vary 10-12-15 degrees depending on which beach you are at.

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Old 12-09-2009, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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wow that is amazing, tyvm
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:13 PM
 
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Water is still to cold for my taste. I like it when its like bathwater. That said, it actually keeps the air temp lower on the coast than inland that time of the year.
We can see temps anywhere from the 50's to the 80's that time of the year. But 50's usually means rain during May.
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