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Weather: Inner Cape, Outer Cape

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Weather: Inner Cape, Outer Cape

Are certains parts of the cape, warmer than others? We're looking at coming in July/August, is it warmer to be facing the bay, or towards the ocean?

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1. Re: Weather: Inner Cape, Outer Cape

Depends on which way the wind is blowing. Winds off the ocean water means cooler temperatures on the adjacent land. By the way, usually cool then means goodness.

Edited: 29 September 2010, 13:45
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2. Re: Weather: Inner Cape, Outer Cape

If you want to go swimming the WATER temperatures are usually a bit warmer on the bayside ... but as Alan mentioned, the air temps depend mainly on the direction fo the wind.

In July and August, it shouldn't be much of a concern. Those are the warmest months of the year.

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3. Re: Weather: Inner Cape, Outer Cape

Where are you facing the bay or ocean? If it is from the middle of the cape, the temp should be the same. And if you are at the tip of Provincetown, I guess you could be kinda facing both. The temperature could be the same in both places, but the wind can make it feel different. And if you are in N. Falmouth, is Buzzards bay different than the ocean.

this is a really complicated question.

I am thinking that of the many variables used to decide where to stay, that this not be one of them.

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4. Re: Weather: Inner Cape, Outer Cape

The short answer to your question is no.

As far as a summer visitor is concerned, I would say the only difference will be effects from wind. The prevailing wind will be from the southwest, so beaches facing that direction might have higher waves depending on how exposed they are to open water. Otherwise, temperature, humidity, cloud cover and all other weather elements will be pretty consistent wherever you are on the Cape

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5. Re: Weather: Inner Cape, Outer Cape

If you happend to stay in Chatham, Dennis, or Harwich next summer, you should know that their Nantucket Sound waters are warmer than the Bay waters (chilly) and the ocean water (frigid).

Often, it's very foggy in Chatham in the morning; the town really kind of sticks out into the ocean and catches a lot of extreme weather it seems.

If you wake up to a curtain of gray, you can always head up to Provincetown in search of the sun!

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6. Re: Weather: Inner Cape, Outer Cape

Temperature does vary depending on the wind direction because ocean temperatures in the summer are typically lower than land temperatures. So wind coming over colder ocean waters will make the adjacent land colder as well. These are called "Sea Breezes".

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