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Hilton Head Island Weather and Tides

Island overlook

Hilton Head Island’s weather is ideal for those wanting to explore the outdoors and soak up the sunshine. The Hilton Head area features a balmy, subtropical climate year round which makes it the perfect outdoor playground! An Outside Hilton Head private adventure is the best way to discover and enjoy the South Carolina Lowcountry. We will work with you to design a program that is just for you!

About Hilton Head Island

The largest barrier island off the Atlantic coast between Long Island and the Bahamas, Hilton Head is located 40 miles north of Savannah, GA, and 90 miles south of Charleston, SC. The Island lies on the Intracoastal Waterway and encompasses 42 square miles of semi- tropical, Lowcountry geography, including unspoiled sea marshes, creeks and lagoons, heavily wooded forests of tall pines, palmettos, magnolias and live oaks, and 12 miles of broad Atlantic beach.

Hilton Head Weather – Average Low and High Temperatures Fahrenheit/Celsius:

January: 40-59F/4-15C July: 74-89F/ 23-32C

February: 41-61F/5-16C August: 74-89F/23-32C

March: 48-68F/9-20C September: 69-85F/21-29C

April: 56-76F/13-24C October: 59-77F/15-25C

May: 64-83F/18-28C November: 49-69F/9-20C

June: 70-87F/21-31C December: 42-61F/6-16C

The Role of the Tides

The tides play an important part in the Lowcountry’s saltmarsh estuary ecosystem. Tides can affect wildlife behavior, the availability of certain waterways, and also help determine the best schedule for specific types of programs. Because the tidal schedule shifts forward almost an hour each day, this allows for great variety in the saltmarsh, and flexibility for scheduling adventures!

There are two high tides and two low tides daily, with an average spread of 6 hours 12 minutes 25 seconds between high and low tides (and vice versa). Certain environmental factors, including wind and pressure systems, can affect the tide schedule and water depths, but it’s mostly a very predictable process.

Keep in mind that the exact time given for “high” tide or “low” tide is simply the prediction for the turning point in the tidal process for a specific location. There is great variation geographically. And just because the time for high tide is given at 5:15 PM, for example, doesn’t mean the tide isn’t “high” at 6 o’clock. The water level stays considerably high for the hours prior and after the given scheduled tidal mark. The major depth changes occur within the hours midway between high and low tides.


Our Coastal Playground

So much to see and do on the SC coast on Hilton Head Island. Check out Outside Hilton Head to see the different programs offered or even book online now if you know the dates you’d like to play!

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