Overview of Area in Ocean Isle/Sunset/Holden, NC

Before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged the Intracoastal Waterway in the 1930s, the only body of water separating Oak Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach from the mainland was the Elizabeth River. These beach waters were mainly used by local residents for fishing excursions. Today, though tourism is the main industry, more and more people are making their permanent homes here. The weather, the natural beauty of the area and the abundance of recreational opportunities continue to draw vacationers and permanent residents to the area.

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While North Carolina’s southern coastal towns boast temperate climates and plenty of sunshine, they are not immune to the seasonal changes. During the summer months, temperatures reach the 80s and mainly fluctuate within that range, though they can climb into the 90s. The warmest month of the year is July, with an average maximum temperature of 89.9 degrees and a 63 percent humidity index. During the winter months, temperatures tend to be in the 40s, but can fluctuate up or down by about 15 degrees. The coldest month is January, with an average minimum temperature of 35.8 degrees.

It should be kept in mind that June 1 to November 30 are considered the Atlantic hurricane season, and the North Carolina coast can potentially lie in a storm’s path. Keep an eye on the weather reports in local media if you're in the area during these months.

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