spectacular beach and water at Half Moon Bay and Little Water Cay The spectacular beach at Half Moon Bay, Little Water Cay.

Turks and Caicos Weather & Astronomy

Temperature: Wind: Waves: Other Units:

Today

28
°C
A few clouds
31°C
29°C
28°C
0mm
37%
78%
34°C
3
1018mB

Hourly Forecast

Temperature (°C)
Feels Like (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Rain (mm)
Humidity (%)
Clouds (%)
UV Index
0h
28
31
34
0.1
79
65
0
1h
28
31
34
0.1
80
61
0
2h
28
30
34
0.1
80
56
0
3h
28
30
34
0.1
81
52
0
4h
28
30
34
0.2
81
62
0
5h
28
30
34
0.2
80
72
0
6h
28
30
34
0.3
80
82
0
7h
28
30
34
0.2
80
69
0.6
8h
28
30
34
0.1
79
56
1.5
9h
28
31
34
0
79
43
2.8
10h
28
31
34
0
79
49
3.4
11h
28
31
34
0
79
55
3.7
12h
28
31
34
0
79
61
3.8
13h
28
31
34
0
78
56
4.9
14h
28
31
34
0
78
51
4.6
15h
28
31
34
0
77
46
4.3
16h
28
31
34
0
78
41
3.7
17h
28
31
34
0
78
37
3
18h
28
31
34
0
79
33
2.1
19h
28
31
34
0
79
31
1.1
20h
28
31
34
0
79
29
0
21h
28
31
34
0
79
27
0
22h
28
30
34
0
79
33
0
23h
28
30
34
0
79
38
0

Week Weather Forecast

Wednesday
28°C
A slight drizzle
Thursday
28°C
A few clouds
Friday
28°C
A few clouds
Saturday
28°C
A few clouds
Sunday
28°C
A slight drizzle
Monday
28°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)
Tu
16
2h
37
42
E
1
0
N
28
34
56
0.1
Tu
16
5h
37
43
E
1
0
N
28
34
72
0.2
Tu
16
8h
35
47
E
0.9
5
N
28
34
56
0.1
Tu
16
11h
34
40
E
0.9
7
N
28
34
55
0
Tu
16
14h
33
33
E
0.9
7
N
28
34
51
0
Tu
16
17h
32
35
E
0.9
7
N
28
34
37
0
Tu
16
20h
32
38
E
0.8
7
N
28
34
29
0
Tu
16
23h
32
37
E
0.9
7
N
28
34
38
0
We
17
2h
34
37
E
0.9
7
N
28
34
57
0
We
17
5h
33
42
E
0.9
7
N
28
34
46
0.1
We
17
8h
31
37
E
0.8
7
N
28
34
38
0.2
We
17
11h
28
31
E
0.7
7
N
28
34
21
0.6
We
17
14h
26
29
E
0.6
7
N
28
34
18
0.3
We
17
17h
25
31
E
0.6
7
N
28
34
26
0
We
17
20h
25
34
E
0.6
7
N
28
34
43
0
We
17
23h
26
33
E
0.7
7
N
28
34
48
0
Th
18
2h
27
33
E
0.7
7
N
28
34
46
0.2
Th
18
5h
27
36
E
0.6
8
S
28
34
55
0.1
Th
18
8h
27
41
E
0.7
9
NE
28
34
54
0.1
Th
18
11h
28
43
E
0.7
9
NE
28
34
43
0
Th
18
14h
31
43
E
0.8
9
NE
28
34
41
0.1
Th
18
17h
32
44
E
0.9
9
W
28
34
44
0.1
Th
18
20h
33
48
E
0.9
9
N
28
34
49
0
Th
18
23h
36
48
E
1
9
N
28
34
74
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
19
2h
40
46
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
58
0.1
Fr
19
5h
41
45
E
1.1
11
N
28
34
43
0.3
Fr
19
8h
39
41
SE
1.1
12
N
28
34
41
0.1
Fr
19
11h
38
41
SE
1.1
12
N
28
34
38
0.1
Fr
19
14h
37
39
E
1
11
N
28
34
32
0
Fr
19
17h
36
43
E
1
11
N
28
34
42
0.1
Fr
19
20h
35
46
E
0.9
11
N
28
34
66
0
Fr
19
23h
36
44
E
1
11
N
28
34
71
0
Sa
20
2h
38
41
E
1.1
10
N
28
34
57
0.4
Sa
20
5h
36
40
E
1
10
N
28
34
45
0.3
Sa
20
8h
33
37
E
0.9
10
N
28
34
54
0.1
Sa
20
11h
31
34
E
0.8
10
N
28
34
50
0.2
Sa
20
14h
29
32
E
0.7
10
N
28
34
56
0.1
Sa
20
17h
25
35
E
0.6
10
N
28
34
61
0
Sa
20
20h
22
36
E
0.5
10
N
28
34
42
0
Sa
20
23h
24
33
E
0.6
10
N
28
34
41
0
Su
21
2h
28
33
E
0.8
9
N
28
34
64
0.1
Su
21
5h
28
30
E
0.7
9
N
28
34
49
0.1
Su
21
8h
27
32
E
0.7
9
N
28
34
48
0.2
Su
21
11h
26
32
E
0.7
9
N
28
34
44
0.2
Su
21
14h
26
32
E
0.7
9
N
28
34
46
0.1
Su
21
17h
26
36
E
0.6
9
N
28
34
60
0
Su
21
20h
26
37
E
0.7
9
N
28
34
53
0
Su
21
23h
28
38
E
0.8
9
N
28
34
67
0

Sun

41
%
Afternoon Sun
06:14
12:55
19:35
04:51
05:21
05:50
20:58
20:28
19:59
Sunrise
Sunset
Wed 17
06:15
19:34
Thu 18
06:15
19:34
Fri 19
06:16
19:34
Sat 20
06:16
19:34
Sun 21
06:16
19:33
Mon 22
06:17
19:33
Tue 23
06:17
19:33
Wed 24
06:18
19:32
Thu 25
06:18
19:32
Fri 26
06:19
19:31
Sat 27
06:19
19:31

Moon

97
%
Full Moon
19:37
05:53
Sagittarius
Last Quarter Jul 23
New Moon Jul 31
First Quarter Aug 8
Full Moon Aug 15

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.

What to Do if the Weather’s Bad

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

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.

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