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Turks and Caicos Wind, Wave, Swell, & Tide Forecast

Temperature: Wind: Waves: Other Units:

Today

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Tu
27
0h
36
45
E
1.2
10
N
28
32
63
0
Tu
27
1h
37
43
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
61
0
Tu
27
2h
38
41
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
59
0.1
Tu
27
3h
39
39
E
1.3
10
N
28
32
57
0.1
Tu
27
4h
39
43
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
58
0.1
Tu
27
5h
40
47
SE
1.3
10
N
28
34
59
0
Tu
27
6h
40
51
SE
1.3
10
N
28
32
60
0
Tu
27
7h
38
48
SE
1.2
10
N
28
34
55
0
Tu
27
8h
36
45
SE
1.2
10
N
28
34
49
0
Tu
27
9h
34
42
SE
1.1
10
N
28
32
44
0
Tu
27
10h
33
42
SE
1.1
10
N
28
34
49
0
Tu
27
11h
33
41
SE
1.1
9
N
28
34
54
0
Tu
27
12h
32
41
SE
1.1
9
N
28
32
59
0
Tu
27
13h
31
40
SE
1.1
9
N
28
34
49
0
Tu
27
14h
30
39
SE
1
9
N
28
34
40
0
Tu
27
15h
29
37
SE
1
9
N
28
32
30
0
Tu
27
16h
29
40
SE
1
9
N
28
34
42
0
Tu
27
17h
30
42
SE
1
9
N
28
34
54
0
Tu
27
18h
30
44
SE
1
9
N
28
32
67
0
Tu
27
19h
30
43
SE
1
9
N
28
34
63
0
Tu
27
20h
30
42
E
0.9
8
N
28
34
60
0.1
Tu
27
21h
30
41
E
0.9
8
N
28
32
57
0.1
Tu
27
22h
31
42
E
1
8
N
28
34
55
0.1

Wednesday

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
We
28
0h
32
42
E
1.1
9
N
28
32
53
0
We
28
1h
33
42
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
62
0
We
28
2h
35
42
E
1.2
8
N
28
34
71
0
We
28
3h
37
43
E
1.2
8
N
28
32
80
0
We
28
4h
36
43
E
1.2
8
N
28
34
71
0
We
28
5h
35
42
SE
1.1
8
N
28
34
62
0.1
We
28
6h
35
42
SE
1.1
8
N
28
32
53
0.1
We
28
7h
33
41
SE
1
8
N
28
34
55
0.1
We
28
8h
32
40
SE
1
8
N
28
34
58
0.1
We
28
9h
31
39
SE
0.9
8
N
28
32
60
0.1
We
28
10h
32
45
SE
0.9
8
N
28
34
54
0.1
We
28
11h
34
51
E
1
8
N
28
34
47
0.2
We
28
12h
35
57
E
1
8
N
28
32
82
0.2
We
28
13h
34
50
SE
0.9
8
N
28
34
39
0.2
We
28
14h
32
44
SE
0.9
8
N
28
34
37
0.1
We
28
15h
31
37
SE
0.8
8
N
28
32
85
0.1
We
28
16h
30
38
SE
0.8
7
W
28
34
39
0.1
We
28
17h
30
39
SE
0.8
6
SW
28
34
43
0
We
28
18h
30
40
SE
0.8
5
SE
28
32
47
0
We
28
19h
30
39
SE
0.8
8
E
28
34
48
0
We
28
20h
30
39
E
0.8
11
NE
28
34
49
0
We
28
21h
30
38
E
0.8
14
N
28
32
49
0
We
28
22h
29
38
E
0.8
13
N
28
34
52
0

Thursday

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Th
29
0h
28
38
E
0.8
13
N
28
32
56
0.1
Th
29
1h
29
37
E
0.8
13
N
28
34
56
0.1
Th
29
2h
30
36
E
0.9
13
N
28
34
57
0.1
Th
29
3h
31
35
E
0.9
13
N
28
32
57
0.1
Th
29
4h
31
35
E
0.9
13
N
28
34
57
0.1
Th
29
5h
32
35
E
0.9
13
N
28
34
58
0.1
Th
29
6h
32
35
E
0.9
13
N
28
32
58
0.1
Th
29
7h
33
35
E
0.9
13
N
28
34
61
0.1
Th
29
8h
34
36
E
1
13
N
28
34
64
0.1
Th
29
9h
35
36
E
1
13
N
27
32
66
0.1
Th
29
10h
32
35
E
0.9
12
N
27
34
68
0.1
Th
29
11h
30
34
E
0.9
12
N
27
34
71
0.1
Th
29
12h
27
33
E
0.8
12
N
27
32
73
0.1
Th
29
13h
28
33
E
0.8
12
N
27
34
68
0.1
Th
29
14h
29
33
E
0.9
12
N
28
34
64
0
Th
29
15h
30
32
E
0.9
12
N
28
32
59
0
Th
29
16h
30
33
E
0.9
12
N
28
34
60
0
Th
29
17h
30
33
E
1
13
N
28
34
60
0
Th
29
18h
30
34
SE
1
13
N
28
32
61
0
Th
29
19h
28
35
E
1
13
N
28
34
63
0
Th
29
20h
26
36
E
0.9
13
N
28
34
64
0
Th
29
21h
24
37
E
0.9
13
N
27
32
65
0
Th
29
22h
26
36
E
0.9
13
N
27
34
66
0

Friday

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Fr
30
0h
27
33
E
1
13
N
27
32
67
0
Fr
30
1h
29
32
E
1
13
N
27
34
64
0
Fr
30
2h
30
32
E
1.1
12
N
27
34
61
0
Fr
30
3h
32
33
E
1.1
12
N
27
32
59
0
Fr
30
4h
31
32
E
1.1
12
N
27
34
51
0
Fr
30
5h
31
32
E
1.2
12
N
27
34
42
0
Fr
30
6h
30
32
E
1.2
12
N
28
32
34
0
Fr
30
7h
29
34
E
1.2
12
N
27
34
33
0
Fr
30
8h
28
35
E
1.2
12
N
27
34
31
0
Fr
30
9h
27
36
E
1.2
12
N
27
32
29
0
Fr
30
10h
28
35
E
1.2
12
N
27
34
27
0
Fr
30
11h
29
32
E
1.2
12
N
27
34
26
0.1
Fr
30
12h
30
31
E
1.2
12
N
27
32
75
0.1
Fr
30
13h
29
30
E
1.2
12
N
27
34
27
0.1
Fr
30
14h
28
30
E
1.1
12
N
27
34
30
0.2
Fr
30
15h
27
29
E
1.1
11
N
27
32
70
0.2
Fr
30
16h
26
30
E
0.9
10
SE
27
34
43
0.1
Fr
30
17h
24
31
E
0.7
9
SW
27
34
52
0.1
Fr
30
18h
22
32
E
0.5
7
NW
27
32
62
0
Fr
30
19h
22
33
E
0.5
7
W
28
34
61
0
Fr
30
20h
22
36
E
0.5
7
SW
28
34
60
0
Fr
30
21h
22
37
E
0.5
7
SE
28
32
60
0
Fr
30
22h
23
37
E
0.6
8
E
28
34
55
0

Saturday

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Sa
01
0h
26
36
E
0.9
11
N
28
32
77
0.1
Sa
01
1h
27
36
E
0.9
11
N
28
34
52
0.1
Sa
01
2h
27
36
E
0.9
11
N
28
34
57
0.1
Sa
01
3h
28
36
E
0.9
11
N
28
32
63
0.1
Sa
01
4h
28
36
E
0.9
11
N
28
34
61
0.1
Sa
01
5h
28
37
E
0.9
11
N
28
34
60
0
Sa
01
6h
28
38
E
0.9
11
N
28
32
59
0
Sa
01
7h
27
39
SE
0.9
11
N
28
34
57
0
Sa
01
8h
27
40
SE
0.9
10
N
28
34
56
0
Sa
01
9h
27
41
SE
0.9
10
N
28
32
55
0
Sa
01
10h
28
40
SE
0.9
10
N
28
34
56
0
Sa
01
11h
30
40
SE
1
10
N
28
34
57
0.1
Sa
01
12h
32
39
SE
1
10
N
28
32
58
0.1
Sa
01
13h
32
39
SE
1
10
N
28
34
61
0.1
Sa
01
14h
31
39
SE
1
10
N
28
34
64
0.1
Sa
01
15h
31
39
SE
1
10
N
28
32
67
0.1
Sa
01
16h
30
38
SE
1
10
N
28
34
67
0.1
Sa
01
17h
29
37
SE
0.9
10
N
28
34
68
0.1
Sa
01
18h
28
36
SE
0.9
10
N
28
32
69
0.1
Sa
01
19h
27
35
SE
0.9
9
SE
28
34
57
0.1
Sa
01
20h
25
33
SE
0.8
8
SW
28
34
45
0
Sa
01
21h
23
32
SE
0.8
6
NW
28
32
33
0
Sa
01
22h
23
31
SE
0.7
6
NW
28
34
32
0

Sunday

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Su
02
0h
22
28
SE
0.6
7
NW
28
32
85
0.1
Su
02
1h
22
30
SE
0.6
7
SW
28
34
29
0.1
Su
02
2h
23
32
SE
0.6
7
SE
28
34
30
0
Su
02
3h
23
34
SE
0.6
7
NE
28
32
30
0
Su
02
4h
21
36
SE
0.5
7
NE
28
34
35
0
Su
02
5h
20
38
SE
0.5
7
NE
28
34
40
0
Su
02
6h
18
40
SE
0.4
7
NE
28
32
45
0
Su
02
7h
19
41
SE
0.5
7
NE
28
34
38
0
Su
02
8h
20
42
SE
0.5
7
NE
28
34
30
0
Su
02
9h
21
43
SE
0.6
7
N
28
32
22
0
Su
02
10h
19
39
SE
0.6
7
SE
28
34
21
0
Su
02
11h
17
34
SE
0.5
6
SW
28
34
21
0
Su
02
12h
15
30
SE
0.5
6
N
27
32
21
0
Su
02
13h
14
31
SE
0.5
6
N
28
34
23
0
Su
02
14h
13
32
SE
0.4
6
N
28
34
26
0
Su
02
15h
12
34
SE
0.4
6
N
28
32
28
0
Su
02
16h
12
30
SE
0.4
6
N
28
34
24
0
Su
02
17h
12
27
SE
0.4
6
N
28
34
19
0
Su
02
18h
12
23
SE
0.4
6
N
28
32
15
0
Su
02
19h
12
19
SE
0.4
6
N
28
34
14
0
Su
02
20h
11
15
E
0.4
6
N
28
34
13
0
Su
02
21h
10
11
E
0.4
6
N
28
32
11
0
Su
02
22h
11
18
E
0.4
7
SW
28
34
12
0

Monday

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Mo
03
0h
12
34
E
0.3
9
NE
28
32
12
0
Mo
03
1h
13
33
E
0.3
9
NE
28
34
14
0
Mo
03
2h
15
31
E
0.3
9
NE
28
34
17
0
Mo
03
3h
16
30
E
0.3
8
NE
28
32
19
0
Mo
03
4h
16
29
E
0.3
9
NE
28
34
21
0
Mo
03
5h
16
28
E
0.4
9
NE
28
34
22
0
Mo
03
6h
17
27
E
0.4
9
NE
28
32
24
0
Mo
03
7h
17
31
SE
0.4
9
NE
28
34
23
0
Mo
03
8h
16
34
SE
0.4
9
NE
28
34
22
0
Mo
03
9h
16
38
SE
0.4
9
NE
28
32
21
0
Mo
03
10h
15
34
SE
0.4
9
SE
28
34
23
0
Mo
03
11h
14
31
SE
0.4
9
SW
28
34
25
0
Mo
03
12h
13
27
SE
0.4
9
N
28
32
27
0
Mo
03
13h
12
27
SE
0.4
9
N
28
34
26
0
Mo
03
14h
12
26
SE
0.3
9
N
28
34
25
0
Mo
03
15h
11
26
SE
0.3
9
N
28
32
24
0
Mo
03
16h
9
21
SE
0.2
9
SW
28
34
24
0
Mo
03
17h
6
15
SE
0.2
9
SE
28
34
24
0
Mo
03
18h
4
10
SE
0.1
9
NE
28
32
24
0
Mo
03
19h
5
11
E
0.1
9
NE
28
34
21
0
Mo
03
20h
6
12
NE
0.1
9
NE
28
34
18
0
Mo
03
21h
7
13
N
0.1
9
NE
28
32
15
0
Mo
03
22h
11
19
N
0.2
9
NE
28
34
16
0

The Wind and Breeze

Rolling waves at the Northwest Point National Park on Providenciales
The break at Northwest Point, Providenciales.

Throughout the year, the Turks and Caicos typically experiences an east southeast trade wind, with wind speeds in the 12-20 mph (19-32 kph, or 10-17 knots) range.

Passing storms and squalls do shift wind directions at times, and excluding the rare tropical cyclone, such storms are typically seen during the winter months.

The Tide Forecast

As the Turks and Caicos is located in the tropical Atlantic, the high to low tide change difference, or tidal range, does not tend to be drastic, with a typical tide height change of about 1.9-3 feet (.6-1m). Abnormal tides, such as spring tides, may cause unusual lows and highs, yet these are never extreme.

Neap tides, experienced when the sun and moon are at right angles to each other (from the perspective of earth) and their gravitational pulls cancel each out a bit, tend to create the least tidal range and conditions that allow for the best underwater visibility, which is perfect for snorkeling and diving.

Keep in mind that many tide forecast websites base their island-specific Turks and Caicos tide table off of harmonic predictions at Sandy Point on the island of North Caicos, and simply apply a slight modifier calculation to create a forecast level for each of our islands. This does not take into account the extensive and shallow Caicos Banks off the south of the Caicos Islands, which tends to delay tide changes at many adjacent coastal areas as water moves in and out of the banks.

The coastal areas on the Caicos Banks can be quite shallow in places, and many popular routes may not offer much extra draft for the common watercraft, especially at lower tide levels. We advise using accurate marine navigation charts.

Waves and Breaks

High kiteboarding jump at Long Bay Beach on Providenciales
Perfect kiteboarding conditions at Long Bay Beach, Providenciales.

The Turks and Caicos generally doesn’t experience the huge waves that some other tropical destinations such as Hawaii, Barbados, and Puerto Rico see at times.

The ocean topography of the plateaus supporting our islands largely account for the lack of significant waves. Regions that do experience large breaks usually have complex submarine terrains that essentially funnel the open ocean swell to specific areas, where a gradually sloping ocean floor allows the waves to stack into a tremendous break.

The Turks and Caicos Islands however sit on two distinct shelves (the Turks Islands group and the Caicos Islands group) that have a rather abrupt transition from the surrounding 10,000 foot (3,000 meter) Atlantic Ocean floor to the very shallow water on top of the plateaus. Although supporting unparalleled wall diving, our ocean topography doesn’t lend itself well to large wave formation.

The best place in the country to watch the full glory of large breaking waves is either Northwest Point National Park on Providenciales or Mudjin Harbour and the Crossing Place Trail on Middle Caicos. Keep in mind that wave conditions are flat more often than not. These locations are great spots for watching the sunrise and sunset, which are typically just as impressive as the swell.

Water Sports

Stand up paddle board surfing at West Reef in the Turks and Caicos
Stand up paddle surfing on the Caicos barrier reef.

Amazing flat water kiteboarding and windsurfing can be had at many locations throughout the Turks and Caicos. Due to the trade wind directions, the best kite spots are typically south-eastern facing beaches on the south sides of our islands. The best such example is the popular Long Bay Beach on Providenciales, which is one of the top kiting locations in the region.

On the occasional days that see a northerly breeze, our spectacular north coasts and beaches become a bit more viable for kiting.

For the kiteboarding hotspot of Long Bay Beach on Providenciales, 20-30mph (32-48kph) with an east southeast direction is ideal kiting wind. For South Caicos, Grand Turk and Salt Cay, kiting wind speed may be a little less due to the lack of wind obstructions. See Turks and Caicos Kiteboarding for more information on this sport and the best kite spots.

Great flat water spots for wakeboarding or tubing can typically be found between our channels and cays regardless of wind or wave conditions.

The Turks and Caicos lacks the reputation as a surfing destination simply due to the unpredictability and inconsistencies in our breaks. At times we do see wonderful surfing waves, but the quality of the waves hinges highly on the swell direction. The conditions on the barrier reef off of the Caicos Islands may easily become messy.

Although a little more difficult to access from the surfer’s perspective, Grand Turk does see a better break at some offshore sites.