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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)
Sa
28
0h
32
42
E
0.9
9
N
25
29
61
0
Sa
28
1h
32
42
E
0.9
9
N
25
32
60
0
Sa
28
2h
32
43
E
0.9
9
N
25
32
59
0
Sa
28
3h
33
43
E
0.9
8
N
25
29
58
0
Sa
28
4h
33
43
E
0.9
8
N
25
32
46
0
Sa
28
5h
34
44
E
1
8
N
25
32
34
0
Sa
28
6h
35
44
E
1
8
N
25
29
21
0
Sa
28
7h
35
45
E
1
8
N
25
32
27
0
Sa
28
8h
36
47
E
1.1
8
N
24
32
32
0
Sa
28
9h
37
48
E
1.1
8
N
24
29
37
0
Sa
28
10h
37
50
E
1.1
8
N
24
32
31
0
Sa
28
11h
37
51
E
1.1
8
N
24
32
25
0
Sa
28
12h
37
53
E
1.1
8
N
24
29
19
0
Sa
28
13h
38
54
E
1.1
8
NW
24
32
28
0
Sa
28
14h
38
55
E
1.1
8
NW
24
32
38
0
Sa
28
15h
38
55
E
1.1
8
W
25
29
48
0
Sa
28
16h
39
56
E
1.1
8
W
25
32
39
0
Sa
28
17h
39
57
E
1.2
8
W
25
32
31
0
Sa
28
18h
40
57
E
1.2
8
W
24
29
23
0
Sa
28
19h
41
57
E
1.2
8
W
24
32
21
0
Sa
28
20h
42
57
NE
1.3
8
W
24
32
20
0
Sa
28
21h
43
57
NE
1.3
8
W
24
29
19
0
Sa
28
22h
44
56
NE
1.3
8
W
24
32
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
29
0h
46
54
E
1.4
8
W
24
29
58
0
Su
29
1h
46
55
E
1.4
7
W
24
32
47
0
Su
29
2h
46
55
E
1.5
7
W
24
32
36
0
Su
29
3h
46
56
E
1.5
7
W
24
29
26
0
Su
29
4h
46
55
E
1.5
9
S
25
32
44
0
Su
29
5h
45
55
E
1.4
11
E
25
32
63
0
Su
29
6h
45
55
E
1.4
12
N
25
29
82
0
Su
29
7h
45
64
E
1.4
12
N
23
32
59
0
Su
29
8h
45
73
E
1.4
12
N
22
32
36
0
Su
29
9h
46
82
NE
1.4
12
N
21
29
13
0
Su
29
10h
46
73
E
1.4
10
E
22
32
20
0
Su
29
11h
47
65
E
1.5
8
S
23
32
28
0
Su
29
12h
48
56
E
1.5
7
W
24
29
36
0
Su
29
13h
48
59
E
1.5
7
NW
24
32
26
0
Su
29
14h
48
62
E
1.5
7
NW
24
32
16
0
Su
29
15h
48
66
E
1.5
7
NW
24
29
6
0
Su
29
16h
46
61
E
1.5
8
SW
24
32
4
0
Su
29
17h
45
57
E
1.4
10
SE
24
32
2
0
Su
29
18h
43
52
E
1.4
11
N
25
29
0
0
Su
29
19h
42
52
E
1.4
11
N
25
32
0
0
Su
29
20h
42
53
E
1.4
11
N
25
32
0
0
Su
29
21h
41
53
E
1.4
11
N
25
29
0
0
Su
29
22h
42
53
E
1.4
10
SE
25
32
22
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
30
0h
44
51
E
1.4
6
NW
25
29
66
0
Mo
30
1h
44
51
E
1.4
6
NW
25
32
63
0
Mo
30
2h
44
52
E
1.4
6
NW
25
32
60
0
Mo
30
3h
44
52
E
1.4
6
NW
25
29
58
0
Mo
30
4h
44
50
E
1.4
6
NW
25
32
45
0
Mo
30
5h
44
47
E
1.4
6
NW
25
32
33
0
Mo
30
6h
44
46
E
1.4
6
NW
25
29
20
0
Mo
30
7h
44
51
E
1.3
8
SW
24
32
13
0
Mo
30
8h
42
58
E
1.3
9
SE
23
32
7
0
Mo
30
9h
42
65
E
1.2
11
NE
21
29
0
0
Mo
30
10h
41
63
E
1.2
11
NE
22
32
0
0
Mo
30
11h
41
62
E
1.2
11
NE
22
32
1
0
Mo
30
12h
41
60
E
1.2
11
NE
23
29
1
0
Mo
30
13h
40
53
E
1.3
11
NE
23
32
7
0
Mo
30
14h
38
46
E
1.3
11
NE
24
32
13
0
Mo
30
15h
37
39
E
1.4
11
N
25
29
19
0
Mo
30
16h
36
40
E
1.4
11
N
25
32
35
0
Mo
30
17h
34
41
E
1.4
11
N
25
32
50
0
Mo
30
18h
33
42
E
1.4
11
N
25
29
66
0
Mo
30
19h
33
41
E
1.5
11
N
25
32
70
0
Mo
30
20h
33
41
E
1.5
10
N
25
32
73
0
Mo
30
21h
33
40
E
1.6
10
N
25
29
76
0
Mo
30
22h
34
40
E
1.6
10
N
25
32
69
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
31
0h
34
40
E
1.6
10
N
25
29
55
0
Tu
31
1h
35
40
E
1.5
10
SE
25
32
55
0
Tu
31
2h
36
41
E
1.5
10
SW
25
32
56
0
Tu
31
3h
37
41
E
1.4
10
NW
25
29
56
0
Tu
31
4h
36
41
E
1.3
9
NW
25
32
57
0
Tu
31
5h
36
42
E
1.1
8
NW
25
32
58
0
Tu
31
6h
35
42
E
1
7
N
25
29
59
0
Tu
31
7h
34
44
E
1
7
NW
25
32
55
0
Tu
31
8h
33
45
E
0.9
7
NW
24
32
50
0
Tu
31
9h
32
46
E
0.9
7
NW
24
29
46
0
Tu
31
10h
32
46
E
0.9
7
NW
24
32
37
0
Tu
31
11h
32
45
E
1
7
NW
24
32
28
0
Tu
31
12h
32
44
E
1
7
N
24
29
19
0
Tu
31
13h
32
45
E
1
7
N
24
32
22
0
Tu
31
14h
33
47
E
1
7
N
24
32
25
0
Tu
31
15h
33
48
E
1
7
N
24
29
28
0
Tu
31
16h
33
49
E
1
7
N
24
32
25
0
Tu
31
17h
32
51
E
1
7
N
24
32
23
0
Tu
31
18h
32
53
E
1
7
N
24
29
21
0
Tu
31
19h
34
50
E
1.1
7
NW
24
32
37
0
Tu
31
20h
35
48
E
1.3
7
NW
24
32
52
0
Tu
31
21h
37
45
E
1.4
7
NW
24
29
68
0
Tu
31
22h
37
45
E
1.4
7
NW
25
32
72
0

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
01
0h
38
44
E
1.5
7
NW
25
29
79
0.1
We
01
1h
37
44
E
1.5
7
NW
25
32
73
0.1
We
01
2h
37
44
E
1.4
7
NW
25
32
67
0.1
We
01
3h
36
44
E
1.4
7
NW
25
29
61
0.1
We
01
4h
37
45
E
1.4
7
NW
25
32
60
0.1
We
01
5h
37
45
NE
1.5
7
NW
25
32
58
0.1
We
01
6h
38
46
NE
1.5
7
NW
25
29
57
0.1
We
01
7h
38
46
E
1.5
7
NW
25
32
63
0.1
We
01
8h
38
45
E
1.5
7
NW
25
32
70
0
We
01
9h
38
45
E
1.5
7
NW
25
29
76
0
We
01
10h
37
46
E
1.5
7
NW
25
32
63
0
We
01
11h
37
46
E
1.4
7
NW
25
32
50
0.1
We
01
12h
36
46
E
1.4
7
NW
24
29
77
0.1
We
01
13h
36
45
E
1.4
7
NW
25
32
36
0.1
We
01
14h
35
44
E
1.4
7
NW
25
32
35
0
We
01
15h
35
43
E
1.4
7
NW
25
29
35
0
We
01
16h
33
43
E
1.4
7
NW
25
32
24
0
We
01
17h
32
44
E
1.3
7
NW
25
32
14
0
We
01
18h
31
44
E
1.3
7
NW
25
29
3
0
We
01
19h
29
44
E
1.1
8
NW
25
32
16
0
We
01
20h
27
44
E
0.8
9
NW
25
32
29
0.1
We
01
21h
26
44
E
0.6
11
NW
25
29
73
0.1
We
01
22h
27
44
E
0.6
8
NW
25
32
46
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
02
0h
28
42
E
0.7
1
NW
25
29
56
0.1
Th
02
1h
28
42
E
0.9
1
NW
25
32
55
0.1
Th
02
2h
28
42
E
1
1
NW
25
32
54
0.1
Th
02
3h
29
42
E
1.2
1
NW
25
29
53
0.1
Th
02
4h
29
41
E
1.2
0
NW
25
32
54
0.1
Th
02
5h
30
41
E
1.3
0
NW
25
32
55
0.1
Th
02
6h
30
40
E
1.3
0
NW
25
29
56
0.1
Th
02
7h
30
40
E
1.2
2
W
25
32
43
0.1
Th
02
8h
31
40
E
1
3
S
25
32
30
0
Th
02
9h
31
40
E
0.9
5
SE
26
29
18
0
Th
02
10h
32
41
E
0.9
5
SE
25
32
24
0
Th
02
11h
32
42
E
0.9
5
SE
25
32
31
0.1
Th
02
12h
33
44
E
0.9
5
SE
25
29
80
0.1
Th
02
13h
33
42
E
1
5
S
25
32
35
0.1
Th
02
14h
32
41
E
1.2
5
W
25
32
33
0
Th
02
15h
32
39
E
1.3
5
NW
25
29
30
0
Th
02
16h
32
39
E
1.3
5
NW
25
32
42
0
Th
02
17h
31
39
E
1.3
5
NW
25
32
53
0
Th
02
18h
30
39
SE
1.3
5
NW
26
29
64
0
Th
02
19h
30
39
E
1.1
5
NW
26
32
63
0
Th
02
20h
30
39
E
1
5
NW
25
32
63
0.1
Th
02
21h
29
39
E
0.8
6
NW
25
29
62
0.1
Th
02
22h
30
40
E
0.8
6
NW
25
32
68
0.1

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
03
0h
30
41
E
0.8
6
NW
25
29
81
0.2
Fr
03
1h
30
40
E
0.8
6
NW
25
32
72
0.2
Fr
03
2h
29
39
E
0.9
7
NW
25
32
63
0.2
Fr
03
3h
29
38
E
0.9
7
N
25
29
54
0.2
Fr
03
4h
27
36
E
0.8
8
NW
25
32
46
0.2
Fr
03
5h
26
35
E
0.7
9
NW
25
32
38
0.3
Fr
03
6h
24
33
E
0.6
10
NW
25
29
71
0.3
Fr
03
7h
24
32
E
0.6
7
NW
25
32
34
0.2
Fr
03
8h
25
32
E
0.6
4
NW
25
32
39
0.2
Fr
03
9h
26
31
E
0.6
1
NW
25
29
80
0.1
Fr
03
10h
26
33
E
0.6
3
NW
25
32
50
0.2
Fr
03
11h
27
36
E
0.7
4
NW
25
32
56
0.2
Fr
03
12h
28
39
E
0.7
6
NW
25
29
62
0.3
Fr
03
13h
28
37
E
1
7
SW
25
32
65
0.2
Fr
03
14h
29
35
SE
1.2
8
SE
25
32
68
0.2
Fr
03
15h
29
33
SE
1.5
9
N
25
29
72
0.1
Fr
03
16h
28
33
SE
1.2
9
SE
26
32
66
0.1
Fr
03
17h
27
34
SE
0.9
9
SW
26
32
60
0.1
Fr
03
18h
26
35
SE
0.6
9
NW
26
29
54
0.1
Fr
03
19h
24
37
SE
0.6
9
SW
26
32
51
0.1
Fr
03
20h
23
39
SE
0.5
9
SE
26
32
49
0
Fr
03
21h
21
42
SE
0.5
9
NE
25
29
47
0
Fr
03
22h
20
40
SE
0.7
9
NE
25
32
36
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 12-20 mph (19-32 km/h, 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, 20-30 mph (32-48 km/h) 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.