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Padre Island National Seashore Climate

The gulf shore is usually hot and humid. Shorts, tee-shirts and a hat are recommended. During the heat of the summer, sunscreen is highly recommended. Footwear on the beach is recommended due to the intense heat of the sand. Plenty of drinking water is always recommended.

Winters are usually mild with daytime temperatures ranging between 50-70F. Nighttime temperatures are usually 20 degress cooler, but very rarely does the temperature drop to freezing. Only a few days may reach into the 30's. Christmases or New Year's Days with clear, blue skies and temperatures in the 70's are not unusual.

Windsurfing weather: March, April, and May average 75% of days with winds over 15mph with frontal passages bringing much higher winds 2-3 days per week. From late May to late July there are consistent thermal winds usually increasing to 12-20 mph in the afternoons. For current wind speed call (361) 992-9463. For a detailed report or printout on wind and water conditions at Bird Island Basin, go to the "activities" page of this website.

For daily park weather and tidal updates call (361) 949-8175.

For weekly local area weather (including marine forecasts) call (361) 289-1861.

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