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Turks and Caicos Weather and Astronomy

Temperature: Wind: Waves: Other Units:

Today

28
°C
Starry Night
30°C
28°C
27°C
0mm
28%
78%
28°C
0
1017mB

Hourly Forecast

Temperature (°C)
Feels Like (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Rain (mm)
Humidity (%)
Clouds (%)
UV Index
0h
28
30
28
0
79
34
0
1h
28
30
28
0
79
33
0
2h
28
30
28
0
78
32
0
3h
28
30
28
0
78
31
0
4h
28
30
28
0
78
28
0
5h
28
30
28
0
77
26
0
6h
28
30
28
0
77
24
0
7h
28
30
27
0
77
22
0.8
8h
28
30
26
0
77
20
2.3
9h
28
30
26
0
77
19
3.8
10h
28
30
26
0
77
24
5
11h
28
30
26
0
78
29
5.9
12h
28
30
26
0
78
35
6.6
13h
28
30
26
0
78
34
6.9
14h
28
30
27
0
78
32
5.8
15h
28
30
28
0
78
31
4.6
16h
28
30
27
0
78
32
3.3
17h
28
30
27
0
78
33
2.1
18h
28
29
27
0
79
34
0.8
19h
28
29
26
0
79
37
0
20h
27
29
26
0
79
40
0
21h
27
29
26
0
79
43
0
22h
27
29
26
0
79
42
0
23h
27
29
26
0
79
42
0

Week Weather Forecast

Monday
28°C
A few clouds
Tuesday
28°C
A few clouds
Wednesday
27°C
A few clouds
Thursday
28°C
Sunny as usual
Friday
28°C
A slight drizzle
Saturday
27°C
A few clouds

Wind, Waves and Tide Forecast

Today

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Su
22
2h
42
50
E
0.3
7
NE
28
28
32
0
Su
22
5h
42
48
E
0.2
7
NE
28
28
26
0
Su
22
8h
41
46
E
0.2
7
NE
28
26
20
0
Su
22
11h
40
45
E
0.2
8
NE
28
26
29
0
Su
22
14h
40
45
E
0.2
8
NE
28
27
32
0
Su
22
17h
39
47
E
0.2
8
NE
28
27
33
0
Su
22
20h
38
47
E
0.2
8
NE
27
26
40
0
Su
22
23h
37
46
E
0.2
7
NE
27
26
42
0
Mo
23
2h
38
44
E
0.2
7
NE
27
27
45
0
Mo
23
5h
38
42
E
0.2
7
NE
27
27
41
0
Mo
23
8h
37
41
E
0.2
7
NE
27
27
38
0
Mo
23
11h
36
39
E
0.2
7
NE
27
27
43
0
Mo
23
14h
35
37
E
0.2
7
NE
28
27
46
0
Mo
23
17h
34
37
E
0.2
7
NE
28
27
39
0
Mo
23
20h
32
37
E
0.2
7
NE
27
27
44
0
Mo
23
23h
32
36
E
0.2
7
NE
27
27
45
0
Tu
24
2h
33
46
E
0.2
7
NE
27
26
41
0
Tu
24
5h
32
40
E
0.2
7
NE
27
26
49
0
Tu
24
8h
31
33
E
0.2
7
NE
27
27
50
0
Tu
24
11h
30
32
E
0.2
7
NE
28
26
39
0
Tu
24
14h
30
32
E
0.2
7
NE
28
26
36
0
Tu
24
17h
29
34
E
0.2
7
NE
27
26
38
0
Tu
24
20h
28
37
E
0.2
7
NE
27
26
45
0
Tu
24
23h
28
37
E
0.2
7
NE
27
27
44
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
25
2h
30
36
E
0.2
7
NE
27
28
45
0
We
25
5h
31
36
SE
0.2
7
NE
27
26
43
0
We
25
8h
32
35
SE
0.2
7
SE
27
26
73
0
We
25
11h
32
42
SE
0.2
7
SE
27
26
74
0
We
25
14h
31
48
SE
0.3
7
S
28
26
43
0
We
25
17h
29
47
SE
0.6
9
S
28
26
19
0
We
25
20h
25
35
SE
0.6
10
S
27
27
7
0
We
25
23h
21
28
SE
0.6
9
E
27
28
20
0
Th
26
2h
21
24
SE
0.6
9
N
27
28
20
0
Th
26
5h
22
37
SE
0.7
9
N
27
28
17
0
Th
26
8h
22
39
S
0.7
9
N
28
28
25
0
Th
26
11h
18
37
S
0.6
9
N
28
26
23
0
Th
26
14h
12
21
S
0.5
9
N
28
26
15
0
Th
26
17h
8
17
W
0.5
9
N
28
26
15
0
Th
26
20h
10
20
E
0.6
9
N
28
27
42
0
Th
26
23h
15
19
NE
0.6
9
N
27
28
51
0
Fr
27
2h
19
22
NE
0.4
9
N
27
28
47
0
Fr
27
5h
20
26
E
0.2
9
NE
27
26
28
0
Fr
27
8h
19
27
E
0.4
9
NE
27
26
35
0.9
Fr
27
11h
19
26
E
0.4
9
N
28
26
24
1.4
Fr
27
14h
19
29
E
0.2
9
NE
28
26
20
0.5
Fr
27
17h
20
35
E
0.1
8
NE
28
27
29
0
Fr
27
20h
22
38
E
0.1
7
NE
27
26
36
0
Fr
27
23h
25
39
E
0.1
7
NE
27
26
39
0

Sun

0
%
No Sun
06:47
12:33
18:18
05:33
05:59
06:25
19:33
19:07
18:41
Sunrise
Sunset
Mon 23
06:48
18:17
Tue 24
06:48
18:16
Wed 25
06:49
18:16
Thu 26
06:49
18:15
Fri 27
06:50
18:14
Sat 28
06:50
18:14
Sun 29
06:51
18:13
Mon 30
06:51
18:13
Tue 31
06:52
18:12
Wed 1
06:52
18:12
Thu 2
06:53
18:11

Moon

16
%
Waxing Crescent
09:08
20:35
Libra
First Quarter Oct 27
First Quarter Oct 28
Full Moon Nov 3
Last Quarter Nov 10

Climate Across the Turks and Caicos

beautiful day at the Bight Beach in the Turks and Caicos
A beautiful day at the Bight Beach, Providenciales.

The Turks and Caicos is a relatively small country, and the distance between the western-most land ( West Caicos), and the eastern-most ( Martin Pinzon Cay) is less than 100 miles (160km), so the weather conditions are generally similar across our archipelago on any given day.

The greatest difference in localised conditions are the later afternoon cloud cover and light rainfall that sometimes occurs over North Caicos, parts of Providenciales, and on Parrot Cay and Pine Cay. These conditions are created by the extensive marine wetlands that are found on the southern coasts of the central Caicos Islands. As the morning and mid-day sun heats the saline tundra, the surrounding hot air rises and condenses moisture in the atmosphere into rain.

This localised rainfall tends to be brief in duration, with showers of under 10 minutes being the norm.

What Does the Forecast Really Mean?

When planning your vacation (and for the peace of mind!), it’s important to understand how the weather forecast relates to actual conditions on our islands.

Rain and Clouds

As a small archipelago that’s exposed to the open Atlantic, the Turks and Caicos often experiences rapid changes in the weather. It may be disappointing to see a forecast for rain during your stay, but the truth is that showers are often brief and localized. In the case of the island of Providenciales, the typical projection for rain often coincides with a very short duration drizzle at either the eastern Leeward area, or at the remote wetlands at the west coast.

Some weather forecast websites display a percentage for precipitation or rainfall. This is based off the chance of any rainfall for the given period of time. More often than not, low percentage numbers are experienced as barely noticeable rainfall. Likewise, an icon of rainy clouds is based off the same metric.

great weather at Sapodilla Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos
Calm conditions at Sapodilla Bay Beach, Providenciales.

Our different islands see a slight variance in rainfall patterns. North Caicos, Middle Caicos, Parrot Cay and Pine Cay collect the most rain. Providenciales, South Caicos and East Caicos follow next, and due to their isolated location upwind on the far eastern side of the Turks and Caicos subterranean plateau, Grand Turk and Salt Cay see the least.

Occasionally, (we’d estimate once every month or two), the country does experience a heavy rainfall that may last for a few hours, however, the majority of the annual rainfall is brought by one or two passing tropical cyclones during the summer Atlantic hurricane season.

Unless the forecast shows heavy rainfall throughout the entire day, our advice is to not worry and enjoy your vacation. As our stunted and low-height vegetation can attest to, the Turks and Caicos receives some of the lowest rainfalls of any Caribbean nation.

Ocean Water Temperature

Generally, the water temperature at the beach will be higher than what predictions show due to localized heating by the sun.

Our different coasts are affected to varying degrees. Areas that see limited water movement, such as Taylor Bay Beach and Sapodilla Bay Beach, will typically be much warmer than coasts that are either exposed to deep water or have natural tidal movement, such as Grace Bay and Malcolm's Road Beach.

Those venturing farther from shore, such as scuba divers and snorkelers on a boat cruise, are more likely to experience cooler ocean water.

storm clouds over Water Cay and Little Water Cay
Approaching storm over Water Cay.

What to Do if the Weather’s Bad

If you’re in the Turks and Caicos and the weather simply isn’t agreeing, consider taking a day trip to one of our outer islands where conditions may be better or visit on of our historical sights or natural attractions.

Unless a serious storm is blowing, it’s typically possible to find a beach that’s sheltered. Generally, the coast on the opposite side of the island (the leeward side) from where the wind is coming from will have the smoothest conditions.

For example, if the north coast beaches of Grace Bay Beach, Leeward Beach and the Bight Beach are rough, the south coasts of Long Bay Beach, Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay will often be calm.