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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)
We
26
0h
35
36
E
1.6
10
N
24
31
71
0
We
26
1h
35
39
E
1.6
10
N
24
31
77
0
We
26
2h
35
42
E
1.6
10
N
24
31
84
0.1
We
26
3h
34
45
E
1.6
10
N
24
31
90
0.1
We
26
4h
33
41
E
1.5
10
N
24
31
69
0.1
We
26
5h
32
37
E
1.3
10
N
24
31
48
0
We
26
6h
32
33
E
1.2
10
N
24
31
27
0
We
26
7h
31
32
E
1.2
10
N
24
31
21
0
We
26
8h
31
32
E
1.2
10
N
24
31
15
0
We
26
9h
30
32
E
1.2
10
N
24
31
10
0
We
26
10h
30
31
E
1.2
10
N
24
31
8
0
We
26
11h
30
31
E
1.2
10
N
24
31
6
0
We
26
12h
30
31
E
1.2
10
N
24
31
4
0
We
26
13h
30
32
E
1.2
10
N
24
31
7
0
We
26
14h
29
33
E
1.1
10
N
24
31
11
0
We
26
15h
28
35
E
1.1
10
N
24
31
14
0
We
26
16h
27
35
E
1.1
10
N
24
31
19
0
We
26
17h
26
36
E
1.1
10
N
24
31
23
0
We
26
18h
26
36
E
1.1
10
N
24
31
28
0
We
26
19h
26
36
E
1.2
10
N
24
31
34
0
We
26
20h
27
35
E
1.3
10
N
24
31
41
0.1
We
26
21h
28
35
E
1.4
10
N
24
31
85
0.1
We
26
22h
29
35
E
1.4
10
N
24
31
47
0.1

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
27
0h
32
36
E
1.5
10
N
24
31
44
0
Th
27
1h
32
38
E
1.4
10
N
24
31
37
0
Th
27
2h
32
41
E
1.3
10
N
24
31
29
0.1
Th
27
3h
32
43
SE
1.2
10
N
24
31
74
0.1
Th
27
4h
31
45
SE
1.2
10
N
24
31
22
0.1
Th
27
5h
30
48
SE
1.1
10
N
24
31
22
0
Th
27
6h
28
50
SE
1.1
10
N
24
31
22
0
Th
27
7h
27
45
SE
1.1
10
N
25
31
20
0
Th
27
8h
25
39
SE
1
10
N
25
31
18
0.1
Th
27
9h
23
34
SE
1
10
N
25
31
82
0.1
Th
27
10h
23
35
SE
1.1
10
N
26
31
11
0.2
Th
27
11h
23
36
SE
1.1
10
N
26
31
5
0.3
Th
27
12h
23
37
SE
1.2
10
N
26
31
81
0.4
Th
27
13h
23
37
SE
1.1
10
N
26
31
5
0.3
Th
27
14h
23
37
SE
1
9
N
26
31
9
0.2
Th
27
15h
23
37
SE
0.9
9
N
26
31
70
0.1
Th
27
16h
21
38
SE
0.9
9
N
26
31
11
0.1
Th
27
17h
19
38
S
0.8
9
N
26
31
9
0.1
Th
27
18h
17
39
S
0.8
9
N
26
31
76
0.1
Th
27
19h
14
30
S
0.8
9
N
26
31
8
0.1
Th
27
20h
10
22
S
0.7
9
N
26
31
11
0
Th
27
21h
7
13
SW
0.7
9
N
26
31
13
0
Th
27
22h
5
15
W
0.7
9
N
25
31
24
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
28
0h
1
17
NW
0.6
9
N
25
31
45
0
Fr
28
1h
4
19
W
0.6
9
N
25
31
44
0
Fr
28
2h
7
20
S
0.6
9
N
25
31
42
0.1
Fr
28
3h
9
22
E
0.6
9
N
25
31
77
0.1
Fr
28
4h
11
22
E
0.6
9
N
25
31
42
0.3
Fr
28
5h
12
22
SE
0.6
9
N
25
31
44
0.6
Fr
28
6h
14
23
SE
0.6
9
N
25
31
80
0.8
Fr
28
7h
15
24
SE
0.6
9
N
25
31
43
0.6
Fr
28
8h
16
26
SE
0.6
9
N
25
31
41
0.3
Fr
28
9h
17
28
SE
0.6
9
N
25
31
79
0.1
Fr
28
10h
17
27
SE
0.6
9
N
25
31
33
0.1
Fr
28
11h
17
26
SE
0.6
9
N
25
31
28
0.1
Fr
28
12h
17
24
S
0.6
9
N
25
31
82
0.1
Fr
28
13h
17
22
S
0.6
9
N
25
31
22
0.1
Fr
28
14h
17
20
S
0.6
9
N
25
31
20
0
Fr
28
15h
17
18
S
0.6
9
N
25
31
19
0
Fr
28
16h
16
22
S
0.6
9
N
25
31
18
0
Fr
28
17h
14
27
S
0.5
9
N
25
31
18
0
Fr
28
18h
13
31
S
0.5
9
N
25
31
17
0
Fr
28
19h
11
26
S
0.5
9
N
25
31
26
0
Fr
28
20h
9
21
S
0.4
9
N
25
31
34
0
Fr
28
21h
7
15
S
0.4
9
N
25
31
42
0
Fr
28
22h
6
16
SW
0.4
9
N
25
31
41
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
29
0h
3
19
SW
0.4
8
N
25
31
41
0
Sa
29
1h
2
18
SW
0.4
8
N
25
31
44
0
Sa
29
2h
1
18
W
0.4
8
N
24
31
47
0
Sa
29
3h
1
18
NW
0.4
8
N
24
31
51
0
Sa
29
4h
1
18
W
0.4
8
E
24
31
51
0
Sa
29
5h
2
18
SW
0.5
8
S
24
31
52
0
Sa
29
6h
2
18
SE
0.5
8
W
24
31
52
0
Sa
29
7h
3
19
S
0.5
8
W
24
31
68
0
Sa
29
8h
4
19
S
0.6
9
W
25
31
84
0
Sa
29
9h
5
19
S
0.6
9
W
25
31
100
0
Sa
29
10h
6
25
S
0.7
8
NW
24
31
100
1.3
Sa
29
11h
7
31
S
0.7
8
NW
23
31
100
2.7
Sa
29
12h
8
36
S
0.8
8
NW
23
31
100
4
Sa
29
13h
8
39
SW
0.8
8
NW
23
31
100
3
Sa
29
14h
8
42
SW
0.9
8
NW
23
31
100
2.1
Sa
29
15h
9
45
W
0.9
8
NW
22
31
100
1.1
Sa
29
16h
14
46
W
0.8
8
SW
22
31
100
1.3
Sa
29
17h
19
49
NW
0.7
8
SE
22
31
100
1.4
Sa
29
18h
25
50
N
0.6
8
NE
22
31
100
1.6
Sa
29
19h
31
49
N
0.8
10
NE
22
31
84
1.1
Sa
29
20h
36
47
N
1
11
N
22
31
69
0.6
Sa
29
21h
42
45
N
1.2
12
N
22
31
54
0.1
Sa
29
22h
44
46
N
1.3
12
N
22
31
69
0.1

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
01
0h
47
47
N
1.4
11
N
22
31
99
0.1
Su
01
1h
45
46
N
1.3
11
N
22
31
95
0.1
Su
01
2h
43
46
N
1.3
11
NE
22
31
91
0
Su
01
3h
41
45
N
1.2
11
NE
22
31
87
0
Su
01
4h
42
45
N
1.2
11
NE
22
31
87
0
Su
01
5h
42
44
N
1.2
11
NE
22
31
87
0.1
Su
01
6h
42
44
N
1.2
11
NE
22
31
87
0.1
Su
01
7h
43
45
SW
1.2
11
NE
22
31
80
0.1
Su
01
8h
43
46
SE
1.3
11
NE
22
31
73
0.1
Su
01
9h
44
48
N
1.3
11
NE
22
31
65
0.1
Su
01
10h
43
47
N
1.3
11
NE
22
31
64
0.1
Su
01
11h
43
46
N
1.2
11
NE
22
31
63
0.1
Su
01
12h
42
45
N
1.2
11
NE
22
31
61
0.1
Su
01
13h
41
45
N
1.2
11
NE
22
31
63
0.1
Su
01
14h
40
45
N
1.1
11
NE
22
31
64
0.2
Su
01
15h
38
45
N
1.1
11
NE
22
31
66
0.2
Su
01
16h
38
46
N
1.1
11
NE
22
31
69
0.4
Su
01
17h
38
46
N
1
11
NE
22
31
73
0.5
Su
01
18h
37
47
N
1
11
NE
22
31
77
0.7
Su
01
19h
38
46
N
1
11
NE
22
31
82
0.5
Su
01
20h
38
45
N
1.1
11
NE
22
31
88
0.3
Su
01
21h
38
44
N
1.1
10
NE
22
31
93
0.1
Su
01
22h
39
44
NE
1.1
10
NE
22
31
91
0.1

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
02
0h
39
43
NE
1.1
10
NE
22
31
87
0.1
Mo
02
1h
39
45
NE
1.1
10
NE
22
31
91
0.1
Mo
02
2h
39
47
NE
1.1
10
NE
22
31
96
0.2
Mo
02
3h
39
49
NE
1.1
10
NE
22
31
100
0.2
Mo
02
4h
39
49
NE
1.1
10
NE
22
31
100
0.3
Mo
02
5h
38
49
NE
1.1
10
NE
22
31
100
0.3
Mo
02
6h
38
48
NE
1.1
10
NE
22
31
100
0.4
Mo
02
7h
38
49
NE
1.1
10
NE
22
31
92
0.3
Mo
02
8h
37
51
NE
1
9
NE
22
31
85
0.2
Mo
02
9h
37
52
NE
1
9
NE
22
31
77
0.1
Mo
02
10h
37
51
NE
1
9
NE
22
31
63
0.1
Mo
02
11h
37
50
NE
1
9
NE
22
31
50
0.1
Mo
02
12h
36
50
NE
1
9
NE
22
31
83
0.1
Mo
02
13h
36
49
NE
1
9
NE
22
31
32
0.1
Mo
02
14h
35
49
NE
0.9
9
NE
22
31
29
0
Mo
02
15h
34
48
NE
0.9
9
NE
22
31
25
0
Mo
02
16h
34
48
NE
0.9
9
NE
22
31
23
0
Mo
02
17h
34
47
NE
0.9
9
NE
22
31
21
0
Mo
02
18h
33
46
NE
0.9
9
NE
22
31
19
0
Mo
02
19h
34
47
NE
0.9
9
SE
22
31
27
0
Mo
02
20h
35
47
NE
1
9
SW
22
31
36
0
Mo
02
21h
35
47
NE
1
9
NW
22
31
44
0
Mo
02
22h
36
47
NE
1.3
9
NW
22
31
42
0

Tuesday

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Tu
03
0h
38
48
NE
1.8
8
NW
22
31
40
0
Tu
03
1h
39
48
NE
1.8
8
NW
22
31
31
0
Tu
03
2h
39
48
NE
1.8
8
NW
22
31
22
0
Tu
03
3h
40
48
NE
1.8
8
NW
22
31
13
0
Tu
03
4h
41
49
NE
1.6
8
NW
22
31
29
0
Tu
03
5h
41
49
NE
1.4
8
NW
22
31
45
0
Tu
03
6h
42
50
NE
1.2
8
NW
22
31
62
0
Tu
03
7h
42
51
NE
1.2
8
NW
22
31
50
0
Tu
03
8h
43
52
NE
1.3
8
NW
23
31
38
0
Tu
03
9h
44
53
NE
1.3
8
NW
23
31
26
0
Tu
03
10h
44
52
NE
1.3
6
NW
23
31
36
0
Tu
03
11h
44
52
NE
1.3
3
NW
23
31
47
0
Tu
03
12h
44
51
NE
1.3
1
NW
23
31
57
0
Tu
03
13h
44
51
NE
1.3
3
NW
23
31
54
0
Tu
03
14h
43
50
NE
1.2
6
NW
23
31
52
0
Tu
03
15h
42
50
NE
1.2
8
NW
23
31
49
0
Tu
03
16h
41
49
NE
1.2
8
NW
23
31
60
0
Tu
03
17h
40
49
E
1.1
8
NW
23
31
72
0
Tu
03
18h
39
49
E
1.1
8
NW
23
31
83
0
Tu
03
19h
39
49
E
1.1
8
NW
23
31
82
0
Tu
03
20h
38
49
E
1
8
NW
23
31
81
0.1
Tu
03
21h
37
49
E
1
8
NW
23
31
80
0.1
Tu
03
22h
38
48
E
1
8
NW
23
31
80
0.1

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 12-18 mph (19-29kph) 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 difference of about 2-3 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 snorkelling 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 a 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 shelfs (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 flatwater 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 flatwater 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 off shore sites.

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