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 and Astronomy

Temperature: Wind: Waves: Other Units:

Today

28
°C
A few clouds
31°C
29°C
28°C
0mm
31%
80%
34°C
3.3
1016mB

Hourly Forecast

Temperature (°C)
Feels Like (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Rain (mm)
Humidity (%)
Clouds (%)
UV Index
0h
28
30
34
0
78
41
0
1h
28
30
34
0.1
78
37
0
2h
28
30
34
0.1
79
33
0
3h
28
30
34
0.2
79
28
0
4h
28
31
34
0.2
79
32
0
5h
28
31
34
0.3
79
35
0
6h
28
31
34
0.3
79
38
0
7h
28
31
34
0.2
80
36
0.8
8h
28
31
34
0.1
80
33
2
9h
28
31
34
0
80
31
3.3
10h
28
31
34
0
80
32
4.4
11h
29
31
34
0
80
33
5.5
12h
29
31
34
0
80
34
6.6
13h
29
31
34
0
80
48
5.5
14h
29
32
34
0
80
63
3.3
15h
29
32
34
0
80
78
1.6
16h
29
32
34
0
81
64
1.9
17h
29
32
34
0
81
49
1.9
18h
29
32
34
0
81
35
1.2
19h
29
32
34
0
81
32
0.1
20h
29
32
34
0.1
80
29
0
21h
29
32
34
0.1
80
25
0
22h
29
32
34
0.1
80
24
0
23h
29
31
34
0
80
22
0

Week Weather Forecast

Tuesday
29°C
A few clouds
Wednesday
28°C
A few clouds
Thursday
29°C
A slight drizzle
Friday
29°C
A few clouds
Saturday
28°C
Sunny as usual
Sunday
28°C
A slight drizzle

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)
Mo
24
2h
21
30
E
0.4
10
NE
28
34
33
0.1
Mo
24
5h
24
31
E
0.1
10
SE
28
34
35
0.3
Mo
24
8h
25
34
E
0.1
10
SE
28
34
33
0.1
Mo
24
11h
25
36
E
0.1
9
SE
29
34
33
0
Mo
24
14h
26
38
E
0.2
9
E
29
34
63
0
Mo
24
17h
28
41
E
0.2
9
NE
29
34
49
0
Mo
24
20h
30
44
E
0.2
9
NE
29
34
29
0.1
Mo
24
23h
31
42
E
0.2
9
NE
29
34
22
0
Tu
25
2h
35
39
E
0.2
9
NE
29
34
21
0.1
Tu
25
5h
37
50
E
0.2
9
NE
29
34
40
0
Tu
25
8h
37
45
E
0.4
9
NE
29
34
34
0
Tu
25
11h
36
40
E
0.5
9
NE
29
34
27
0
Tu
25
14h
37
42
E
0.5
9
NE
29
34
25
0
Tu
25
17h
37
45
E
0.3
10
NE
29
34
28
0
Tu
25
20h
35
48
E
0.2
11
NE
29
34
28
0
Tu
25
23h
37
49
E
0.2
11
NE
29
34
39
0
We
26
2h
40
46
E
0.2
11
NE
29
34
33
0.1
We
26
5h
40
45
E
0.2
11
NE
28
34
37
0.1
We
26
8h
38
43
E
0.3
11
NE
28
34
45
0.1
We
26
11h
37
40
E
0.4
11
NE
28
34
41
0.1
We
26
14h
37
39
E
0.3
11
NE
28
34
30
0
We
26
17h
36
37
E
0.2
12
NE
28
34
29
0
We
26
20h
35
38
E
0.2
11
NE
28
34
38
0.1
We
26
23h
35
36
E
0.2
11
NE
28
34
61
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
2h
35
35
E
0.2
11
NE
28
34
45
0.1
Th
27
5h
34
36
E
0.2
11
NE
28
34
36
0.3
Th
27
8h
32
38
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
40
0.7
Th
27
11h
32
37
E
1
10
NE
29
34
33
0.7
Th
27
14h
32
39
E
0.6
10
NE
29
34
24
0.2
Th
27
17h
31
41
E
0.2
10
NE
29
34
16
0
Th
27
20h
30
41
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
6
0
Th
27
23h
32
39
E
1
11
NE
28
34
46
0
Fr
28
2h
35
51
E
0.6
12
NE
28
34
59
0
Fr
28
5h
36
58
E
0.2
11
NE
28
34
46
0
Fr
28
8h
34
54
E
0.2
11
NE
28
34
51
0.1
Fr
28
11h
32
37
E
0.2
10
NE
29
34
48
0
Fr
28
14h
29
37
E
0.3
10
NE
29
34
43
0.1
Fr
28
17h
27
41
E
0.5
10
NE
29
34
31
0.1
Fr
28
20h
29
46
E
0.7
10
NE
29
34
30
0.1
Fr
28
23h
33
47
E
0.4
10
NE
28
34
32
0.2
Sa
29
2h
36
43
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
48
0.2
Sa
29
5h
37
43
E
1.3
12
NE
28
34
43
0.2
Sa
29
8h
38
43
E
1.8
12
N
28
34
26
0.1
Sa
29
11h
38
39
E
1.8
11
N
28
34
15
0
Sa
29
14h
37
37
E
1.8
11
N
28
34
6
0
Sa
29
17h
35
41
E
1.8
11
N
28
34
40
0
Sa
29
20h
37
43
E
1.8
11
N
28
34
23
0
Sa
29
23h
41
44
E
1.9
14
N
28
34
25
0

Sun

57
%
Full Sun
06:38
12:40
18:43
05:24
05:50
06:15
19:57
19:31
19:05
Sunrise
Sunset
Tue 25
06:38
18:42
Wed 26
06:38
18:41
Thu 27
06:38
18:40
Fri 28
06:39
18:39
Sat 29
06:39
18:38
Sun 30
06:39
18:37
Mon 1
06:40
18:36
Tue 2
06:40
18:35
Wed 3
06:40
18:34
Thu 4
06:41
18:33
Fri 5
06:41
18:32

Moon

97
%
Full Moon
18:46
06:06
Pisces
Last Quarter Oct 1
New Moon Oct 9
First Quarter Oct 17
Full Moon Oct 23

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.

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