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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)
Tu
20
0h
24
46
NE
1.4
8
NW
28
35
63
0.1
Tu
20
1h
24
44
NE
1.4
8
NW
28
35
68
0.4
Tu
20
2h
24
41
NE
1.4
8
NW
28
35
73
0.6
Tu
20
3h
25
39
E
1.4
8
NW
28
35
78
0.9
Tu
20
4h
24
39
E
1.1
9
SW
28
35
70
0.9
Tu
20
5h
23
38
E
0.8
9
SE
28
35
63
1
Tu
20
6h
23
37
E
0.5
10
NE
28
35
56
1
Tu
20
7h
21
33
E
0.5
9
NE
28
35
51
0.7
Tu
20
8h
20
29
E
0.4
9
NE
28
35
45
0.4
Tu
20
9h
19
24
E
0.4
9
E
28
35
79
0.1
Tu
20
10h
18
26
E
0.4
9
E
28
35
36
0.1
Tu
20
11h
18
27
E
0.4
9
E
28
35
32
0.1
Tu
20
12h
17
29
E
0.4
9
E
28
35
80
0.1
Tu
20
13h
17
30
E
0.4
9
SE
28
35
32
0.2
Tu
20
14h
18
31
E
0.4
9
SW
28
35
36
0.3
Tu
20
15h
18
32
E
0.4
9
NW
28
35
85
0.4
Tu
20
16h
19
33
E
0.4
10
SW
28
35
37
0.5
Tu
20
17h
20
35
E
0.5
10
SE
28
35
34
0.7
Tu
20
18h
21
36
E
0.5
10
E
28
35
86
0.8
Tu
20
19h
23
37
E
0.5
10
SE
28
35
37
0.9
Tu
20
20h
24
37
E
0.6
10
SW
27
35
42
1
Tu
20
21h
26
37
E
0.6
10
NW
27
35
89
1.1
Tu
20
22h
26
39
E
0.6
10
NW
27
35
50
1.3

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
21
0h
27
40
E
0.7
10
NW
27
35
55
1.7
We
21
1h
27
39
E
0.7
10
NW
27
35
61
1.4
We
21
2h
27
38
E
0.7
10
NW
27
35
67
1.1
We
21
3h
27
37
E
0.7
10
NW
27
35
73
0.8
We
21
4h
28
38
E
0.7
10
NW
27
35
66
1.2
We
21
5h
30
39
E
0.8
10
NW
27
35
59
1.7
We
21
6h
31
41
E
0.8
10
NW
27
35
52
2.1
We
21
7h
31
40
E
0.8
10
NW
27
35
56
2.1
We
21
8h
31
39
E
0.8
10
NW
27
35
60
2
We
21
9h
31
37
E
0.8
10
NW
27
35
64
2
We
21
10h
32
36
E
0.8
10
NW
28
35
60
1.9
We
21
11h
32
35
E
0.9
11
NW
28
35
56
1.8
We
21
12h
33
34
E
0.9
11
NW
28
35
52
1.7
We
21
13h
35
42
E
0.9
11
NW
28
35
38
1.1
We
21
14h
35
50
E
1
11
NW
28
35
24
0.6
We
21
15h
36
58
E
1
11
NW
28
35
9
0
We
21
16h
35
51
E
1
11
NW
28
35
19
0.1
We
21
17h
34
44
E
0.9
11
NW
28
35
28
0.1
We
21
18h
32
37
E
0.9
11
NW
28
35
84
0.2
We
21
19h
32
35
E
0.9
11
NW
28
35
35
0.1
We
21
20h
31
34
E
0.8
11
NW
28
35
33
0.1
We
21
21h
30
32
E
0.8
11
NW
28
35
31
0
We
21
22h
31
37
E
0.8
11
NW
28
35
26
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
22
0h
32
46
E
0.9
11
NW
27
35
17
0
Th
22
1h
31
44
E
0.8
11
NW
27
35
17
0
Th
22
2h
30
42
E
0.8
11
NW
27
35
17
0
Th
22
3h
28
39
E
0.7
11
NW
27
35
17
0
Th
22
4h
28
36
E
0.7
11
NW
27
35
14
0
Th
22
5h
27
32
E
0.7
11
NW
27
35
11
0
Th
22
6h
27
29
E
0.7
11
NW
27
35
8
0
Th
22
7h
27
28
E
0.7
11
NW
28
35
8
0
Th
22
8h
27
28
E
0.7
12
NW
28
35
8
0
Th
22
9h
27
27
E
0.7
12
NW
28
35
8
0
Th
22
10h
27
34
E
0.7
12
NW
28
35
7
0
Th
22
11h
27
42
E
0.7
12
NW
28
35
7
0
Th
22
12h
27
49
E
0.7
12
NW
28
35
6
0
Th
22
13h
27
48
E
0.7
12
NW
28
35
6
0
Th
22
14h
26
48
E
0.6
12
NW
28
35
6
0
Th
22
15h
26
47
E
0.6
12
NW
28
35
5
0
Th
22
16h
25
41
E
0.6
12
NW
28
35
5
0
Th
22
17h
25
35
E
0.6
12
NW
28
35
5
0
Th
22
18h
25
28
E
0.6
13
NW
28
35
5
0
Th
22
19h
26
31
E
0.6
13
NW
28
35
5
0
Th
22
20h
27
35
E
0.7
14
NW
28
35
5
0
Th
22
21h
27
38
E
0.7
14
NW
27
35
5
0
Th
22
22h
29
40
E
0.7
14
NW
27
35
5
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
23
0h
31
42
E
0.8
13
NW
27
35
5
0
Fr
23
1h
31
44
E
0.8
13
NW
27
35
7
0
Fr
23
2h
31
46
E
0.8
13
NW
27
35
9
0
Fr
23
3h
31
49
E
0.8
13
NW
27
35
11
0
Fr
23
4h
30
49
E
0.8
13
NW
27
35
26
0
Fr
23
5h
30
50
E
0.8
13
NW
27
35
40
0
Fr
23
6h
29
51
E
0.8
13
NW
27
35
55
0
Fr
23
7h
30
49
E
0.8
13
NW
27
35
65
0
Fr
23
8h
30
46
E
0.8
12
NW
27
35
74
0
Fr
23
9h
30
44
E
0.8
12
NW
27
35
84
0
Fr
23
10h
31
44
E
0.8
12
NW
27
35
69
0.1
Fr
23
11h
31
43
E
0.8
12
NW
27
35
53
0.1
Fr
23
12h
32
42
E
0.8
12
NW
27
35
86
0.2
Fr
23
13h
32
45
E
0.8
12
NW
28
35
53
0.2
Fr
23
14h
33
46
E
0.9
12
NW
28
35
69
0.1
Fr
23
15h
34
49
E
0.9
12
NW
28
35
84
0.1
Fr
23
16h
32
46
E
0.8
12
NW
28
35
65
0.4
Fr
23
17h
30
44
E
0.8
12
NW
28
35
45
0.7
Fr
23
18h
28
42
E
0.7
12
NW
28
35
73
1
Fr
23
19h
27
40
E
0.7
12
NW
28
35
27
3.1
Fr
23
20h
27
38
E
0.6
12
NW
28
35
29
5.2
Fr
23
21h
26
36
E
0.6
11
NW
28
35
85
7.3
Fr
23
22h
26
37
E
0.6
11
NW
28
35
30
7.8

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
24
0h
25
38
SE
0.6
11
NW
28
35
75
8.9
Sa
24
1h
24
35
SE
0.6
11
NW
28
35
33
7.4
Sa
24
2h
23
32
SE
0.5
11
NW
28
35
37
5.9
Sa
24
3h
22
28
SE
0.5
11
NW
28
35
87
4.4
Sa
24
4h
24
31
SE
0.6
11
NW
28
35
43
4.6
Sa
24
5h
27
33
SE
0.6
11
NW
28
35
44
4.7
Sa
24
6h
29
35
SE
0.7
11
NW
29
35
86
4.9
Sa
24
7h
25
35
SE
0.6
11
NW
29
35
39
3.6
Sa
24
8h
22
33
SE
0.5
12
NW
29
35
34
2.4
Sa
24
9h
18
33
SE
0.4
12
NW
29
35
78
1.1
Sa
24
10h
17
33
SE
0.4
12
NW
28
35
30
1.3
Sa
24
11h
15
33
SE
0.3
12
NW
28
35
31
1.4
Sa
24
12h
14
33
SE
0.3
12
NW
28
35
85
1.6
Sa
24
13h
17
30
SE
0.4
12
NW
28
35
40
1.2
Sa
24
14h
19
27
SE
0.4
12
NW
28
35
49
0.8
Sa
24
15h
22
24
E
0.5
12
NW
28
35
58
0.4
Sa
24
16h
23
26
SE
0.5
12
NW
28
35
52
0.8
Sa
24
17h
24
27
SE
0.6
12
NW
28
35
45
1.2
Sa
24
18h
24
28
SE
0.6
12
NW
28
35
74
1.6
Sa
24
19h
24
30
SE
0.6
12
NW
28
35
36
1.4
Sa
24
20h
25
32
SE
0.6
12
NW
29
35
34
1.2
Sa
24
21h
25
35
E
0.6
12
NW
29
35
79
1
Sa
24
22h
25
39
E
0.6
12
NW
29
35
33
1.5

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
25
0h
26
49
E
0.7
12
NW
29
35
87
2.4
Su
25
1h
25
52
E
0.7
12
NW
28
35
40
2.3
Su
25
2h
24
55
E
0.6
12
NW
28
35
45
2.3
Su
25
3h
23
58
SE
0.6
12
NW
28
35
80
2.2
Su
25
4h
24
54
E
0.6
12
NW
28
35
49
2.4
Su
25
5h
25
50
E
0.7
13
NW
29
35
49
2.6
Su
25
6h
26
47
E
0.7
14
NW
29
35
74
2.8
Su
25
7h
29
49
E
0.8
14
NW
29
35
48
2.1
Su
25
8h
32
51
SE
0.9
14
NW
29
35
47
1.4
Su
25
9h
35
53
SE
1
13
NW
29
35
72
0.7
Su
25
10h
34
48
SE
1
13
NW
29
35
47
1.3
Su
25
11h
33
44
SE
0.9
13
NW
28
35
48
1.8
Su
25
12h
32
39
SE
0.9
13
NW
28
35
85
2.4
Su
25
13h
31
40
SE
0.8
13
NW
28
35
48
1.8
Su
25
14h
30
41
SE
0.8
13
NW
28
35
48
1.3
Su
25
15h
28
42
SE
0.7
13
NW
28
35
76
0.7
Su
25
16h
29
45
SE
0.7
13
NW
28
35
47
0.7
Su
25
17h
29
47
SE
0.8
13
NW
28
35
47
0.7
Su
25
18h
30
50
SE
0.8
13
NW
28
35
77
0.7
Su
25
19h
28
48
SE
0.8
13
NW
28
35
42
0.5
Su
25
20h
27
47
SE
0.7
13
NW
28
35
36
0.2
Su
25
21h
26
46
SE
0.7
13
NW
28
35
30
0
Su
25
22h
28
46
SE
0.8
13
NW
28
35
31
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
26
0h
32
47
E
0.9
13
NW
28
35
32
0
Mo
26
1h
33
47
E
0.9
13
NW
28
35
33
0
Mo
26
2h
35
47
E
1
12
NW
28
35
34
0
Mo
26
3h
36
47
SE
1
12
NW
28
35
35
0
Mo
26
4h
36
48
SE
1
12
NW
28
35
34
0
Mo
26
5h
36
48
SE
1
12
NW
28
35
33
0
Mo
26
6h
36
49
SE
1
12
NW
28
35
33
0
Mo
26
7h
38
50
SE
1.1
12
NW
28
35
40
0
Mo
26
8h
39
50
SE
1.1
12
NW
28
35
47
0
Mo
26
9h
41
51
SE
1.2
12
NW
28
35
54
0
Mo
26
10h
40
51
SE
1.2
12
NW
28
35
67
0
Mo
26
11h
39
51
SE
1.1
12
NW
28
35
81
0
Mo
26
12h
38
51
SE
1.1
12
NW
28
35
94
0
Mo
26
13h
37
51
SE
1
12
NW
28
35
78
0.3
Mo
26
14h
36
50
SE
1
12
NW
28
35
62
0.6
Mo
26
15h
35
50
SE
0.9
12
NW
28
35
71
0.9
Mo
26
16h
33
51
SE
0.9
12
NW
28
35
43
1.1
Mo
26
17h
31
52
SE
0.8
12
NW
28
35
40
1.3
Mo
26
18h
30
54
SE
0.8
12
NW
28
35
89
1.5
Mo
26
19h
30
52
E
0.8
11
NW
28
35
44
1
Mo
26
20h
30
50
E
0.8
11
NW
28
35
51
0.6
Mo
26
21h
30
48
E
0.8
11
NW
28
35
58
0.1
Mo
26
22h
32
46
E
0.9
11
NW
28
35
55
0.4

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 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 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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