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Wind, Waves, 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)
We
17
0h
32
40
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
31
0
We
17
1h
32
39
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
40
0
We
17
2h
32
37
E
0.2
10
NE
25
32
49
0.1
We
17
3h
32
36
E
0.2
10
NE
25
32
58
0.1
We
17
4h
32
36
E
0.2
10
NE
25
32
53
0.1
We
17
5h
32
35
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
49
0
We
17
6h
31
35
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
45
0
We
17
7h
31
35
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
46
0
We
17
8h
31
34
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
47
0
We
17
9h
30
33
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
49
0
We
17
10h
30
32
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
52
0
We
17
11h
30
32
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
55
0
We
17
12h
30
31
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
58
0
We
17
13h
30
31
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
55
0
We
17
14h
30
31
E
0.2
8
NE
25
32
51
0
We
17
15h
30
31
E
0.2
8
NE
25
32
48
0
We
17
16h
29
31
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
47
0
We
17
17h
28
31
E
0.2
10
NE
25
32
46
0
We
17
18h
27
31
E
0.2
10
NE
25
32
46
0
We
17
19h
27
31
E
0.2
10
NE
25
32
48
0
We
17
20h
26
32
E
0.1
10
NE
25
32
50
0
We
17
21h
25
32
E
0.1
10
NE
25
32
52
0
We
17
22h
24
30
E
0.1
10
NE
25
32
56
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
18
0h
24
26
E
0.1
10
NE
25
32
62
0
Th
18
1h
24
25
E
0.1
10
NE
25
32
65
0
Th
18
2h
24
25
E
0.1
10
NE
25
32
68
0
Th
18
3h
24
26
E
0.1
10
NE
25
32
71
0
Th
18
4h
24
24
E
0.1
10
NE
25
32
69
0
Th
18
5h
23
24
E
0.1
10
NE
25
32
67
0
Th
18
6h
23
24
E
0.1
10
NE
25
32
65
0
Th
18
7h
22
25
E
0.1
10
NE
25
32
71
0
Th
18
8h
21
26
E
0.1
10
NE
25
32
76
0
Th
18
9h
21
27
NE
0.1
10
NE
25
32
82
0
Th
18
10h
20
26
NE
0.3
10
NE
25
32
64
0
Th
18
11h
20
25
NE
0.5
10
NE
25
32
47
0
Th
18
12h
20
24
NE
0.7
10
N
25
32
29
0
Th
18
13h
20
25
NE
0.8
10
N
25
32
25
0
Th
18
14h
20
26
NE
0.8
10
N
25
32
20
0
Th
18
15h
21
27
NE
0.9
10
N
25
32
16
0
Th
18
16h
21
30
NE
0.9
10
N
25
32
14
0
Th
18
17h
22
32
NE
0.9
10
N
25
32
12
0
Th
18
18h
22
35
NE
0.9
10
N
25
32
9
0
Th
18
19h
23
35
NE
0.9
10
N
25
32
20
0
Th
18
20h
23
35
NE
0.9
10
N
25
32
31
0
Th
18
21h
24
35
NE
0.9
10
N
25
32
42
0
Th
18
22h
25
36
NE
1
10
N
25
32
52
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
0h
28
37
NE
1.1
10
N
24
32
71
0.1
Fr
19
1h
30
38
NE
1.2
10
N
24
32
77
0.1
Fr
19
2h
31
39
NE
1.3
10
N
24
32
82
0.2
Fr
19
3h
33
40
NE
1.4
10
N
24
32
88
0.2
Fr
19
4h
34
41
NE
1.5
10
N
24
32
84
0.4
Fr
19
5h
35
42
NE
1.6
10
N
24
32
80
0.6
Fr
19
6h
36
42
NE
1.7
9
N
25
32
76
0.8
Fr
19
7h
36
43
NE
1.6
9
N
25
32
72
0.6
Fr
19
8h
35
44
NE
1.4
8
N
25
32
67
0.5
Fr
19
9h
35
44
NE
1.3
7
N
25
32
63
0.3
Fr
19
10h
35
43
NE
1.3
8
N
25
32
61
0.4
Fr
19
11h
36
42
NE
1.4
8
N
25
32
58
0.4
Fr
19
12h
36
42
NE
1.4
8
N
25
32
56
0.5
Fr
19
13h
36
42
NE
1.5
8
N
25
32
55
0.4
Fr
19
14h
36
44
NE
1.5
8
N
25
32
55
0.3
Fr
19
15h
36
44
NE
1.6
9
N
25
32
54
0.2
Fr
19
16h
36
46
NE
1.5
9
N
25
32
52
0.3
Fr
19
17h
36
48
NE
1.4
9
N
25
32
51
0.3
Fr
19
18h
35
50
NE
1.3
9
N
25
32
49
0.4
Fr
19
19h
35
50
NE
1.5
9
N
25
32
56
0.3
Fr
19
20h
36
50
NE
1.6
8
N
25
32
63
0.2
Fr
19
21h
36
50
NE
1.8
8
N
25
32
70
0.1
Fr
19
22h
37
49
NE
1.7
9
N
25
32
67
0.2

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
20
0h
39
48
NE
1.4
9
N
25
32
62
0.3
Sa
20
1h
39
47
E
1
9
NE
25
32
58
0.2
Sa
20
2h
39
47
E
0.6
9
NE
25
32
53
0.2
Sa
20
3h
39
46
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
49
0.1
Sa
20
4h
39
46
E
0.6
9
NE
25
32
47
0.1
Sa
20
5h
37
45
E
1.1
10
NE
25
32
44
0.2
Sa
20
6h
37
45
E
1.5
11
N
25
32
41
0.2
Sa
20
7h
36
47
E
1.1
11
NE
26
32
46
0.1
Sa
20
8h
36
49
E
0.6
11
NE
26
32
51
0.1
Sa
20
9h
36
50
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
57
0
Sa
20
10h
36
50
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
52
0
Sa
20
11h
36
50
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
48
0.1
Sa
20
12h
37
50
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
44
0.1
Sa
20
13h
37
51
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
46
0.1
Sa
20
14h
38
51
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
48
0.1
Sa
20
15h
38
51
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
50
0.1
Sa
20
16h
38
53
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
55
0.2
Sa
20
17h
38
54
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
60
0.2
Sa
20
18h
38
55
E
0.2
10
NE
25
32
65
0.3
Sa
20
19h
37
55
E
0.2
10
NE
25
32
71
0.3
Sa
20
20h
37
55
E
0.2
10
NE
25
32
76
0.4
Sa
20
21h
37
55
E
0.2
10
NE
25
32
82
0.4
Sa
20
22h
38
55
E
0.2
10
NE
25
32
85
0.6

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
21
0h
39
55
E
0.2
10
NE
25
32
90
0.9
Su
21
1h
40
54
E
0.2
10
NE
25
32
93
0.7
Su
21
2h
41
53
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
97
0.6
Su
21
3h
42
53
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
100
0.4
Su
21
4h
42
51
E
0.2
9
NE
25
32
91
0.5
Su
21
5h
42
51
E
0.2
9
NE
26
32
81
0.5
Su
21
6h
42
50
E
0.2
9
NE
26
32
71
0.6
Su
21
7h
42
48
E
0.2
9
NE
26
32
64
0.4
Su
21
8h
42
46
E
0.2
9
NE
26
32
56
0.3
Su
21
9h
42
45
E
0.2
9
NE
26
32
48
0.1
Su
21
10h
42
48
E
0.2
9
NE
26
32
48
0.3
Su
21
11h
43
51
E
0.3
9
NE
26
32
47
0.4
Su
21
12h
43
54
E
0.3
9
NE
26
32
47
0.6
Su
21
13h
44
57
E
0.3
9
NE
26
32
38
0.6
Su
21
14h
44
59
E
0.3
9
NE
26
32
30
0.6
Su
21
15h
44
62
SE
0.3
9
NE
26
32
21
0.6
Su
21
16h
43
60
SE
0.3
9
NE
26
32
22
0.6
Su
21
17h
42
57
SE
0.3
9
NE
26
32
22
0.6
Su
21
18h
41
55
SE
0.3
9
NE
26
32
23
0.6
Su
21
19h
39
50
SE
0.3
9
NE
26
32
31
0.4
Su
21
20h
37
46
SE
0.2
9
NE
26
32
39
0.2
Su
21
21h
35
41
SE
0.2
9
NE
26
32
47
0
Su
21
22h
34
44
SE
0.2
8
NE
26
32
59
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
22
0h
33
51
SE
0.2
8
NE
26
32
82
0
Mo
22
1h
33
50
SE
0.2
8
NE
26
32
74
0
Mo
22
2h
33
49
SE
0.2
8
NE
26
32
67
0.1
Mo
22
3h
33
47
SE
0.2
8
NE
26
32
60
0.1
Mo
22
4h
32
42
SE
0.2
8
NE
26
32
52
0.2
Mo
22
5h
32
37
SE
0.2
8
NE
26
32
45
0.2
Mo
22
6h
32
33
SE
0.2
8
NE
26
32
38
0.3
Mo
22
7h
32
34
SE
0.2
8
NE
26
32
45
0.2
Mo
22
8h
32
35
SE
0.3
8
NE
26
32
52
0.2
Mo
22
9h
33
37
SE
0.3
8
NE
26
32
60
0.1
Mo
22
10h
33
41
SE
0.3
8
E
26
32
58
0.1
Mo
22
11h
33
44
SE
0.4
8
SE
26
32
56
0.1
Mo
22
12h
34
48
SE
0.4
8
S
26
32
54
0.1
Mo
22
13h
34
50
SE
0.4
8
S
26
32
47
0.1
Mo
22
14h
33
53
SE
0.4
8
S
26
32
41
0.1
Mo
22
15h
33
55
SE
0.4
8
S
26
32
34
0.1
Mo
22
16h
33
54
SE
0.4
8
SE
26
32
34
0.1
Mo
22
17h
32
54
SE
0.3
8
E
26
32
35
0.1
Mo
22
18h
31
53
SE
0.3
8
NE
26
32
36
0.1
Mo
22
19h
30
47
SE
0.4
8
NE
26
32
36
0.1
Mo
22
20h
29
40
SE
0.5
8
NE
26
32
37
0
Mo
22
21h
27
34
SE
0.6
8
N
26
32
37
0
Mo
22
22h
27
34
SE
0.6
8
N
26
32
37
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
23
0h
25
35
E
0.6
8
N
26
32
37
0
Tu
23
1h
25
34
E
0.6
8
N
26
32
38
0
Tu
23
2h
26
33
E
0.6
8
N
26
32
39
0.1
Tu
23
3h
26
33
E
0.6
8
N
26
32
40
0.1
Tu
23
4h
26
33
E
0.5
8
NE
26
32
40
0.1
Tu
23
5h
27
34
E
0.3
8
NE
26
32
40
0
Tu
23
6h
27
34
E
0.2
8
NE
26
32
40
0
Tu
23
7h
27
35
SE
0.3
8
NE
26
32
38
0
Tu
23
8h
27
36
SE
0.4
8
NE
26
32
36
0
Tu
23
9h
27
37
SE
0.5
8
N
26
32
34
0
Tu
23
10h
27
36
SE
0.4
8
NE
26
32
34
0
Tu
23
11h
27
35
SE
0.3
9
NE
26
32
34
0
Tu
23
12h
26
33
SE
0.2
9
NE
26
32
34
0
Tu
23
13h
26
33
SE
0.2
9
NE
26
32
34
0
Tu
23
14h
25
32
SE
0.1
9
NE
26
32
34
0
Tu
23
15h
24
32
SE
0.1
9
NE
26
32
34
0
Tu
23
16h
24
33
SE
0.1
9
NE
26
32
33
0
Tu
23
17h
23
35
E
0.1
9
NE
26
32
33
0
Tu
23
18h
23
36
E
0.1
9
NE
26
32
32
0
Tu
23
19h
22
38
E
0.1
9
NE
26
32
36
0
Tu
23
20h
22
40
E
0.1
9
NE
26
32
39
0
Tu
23
21h
22
43
E
0.1
9
NE
26
32
42
0
Tu
23
22h
22
42
E
0.1
9
NE
26
32
41
0

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 generally 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 discounting tropical cyclones, such storm are typically seen during the winter months.

The Tide Forecast

As the Turks and Caicos is located in the tropical Atlantic, the high and low tide changes, or tidal range, does not tend to be drastic, with a typical difference of about 2-2.6 feet (.6-.8m). Abnormal tides, such as spring tides, may cause unusual lows and highs, yet these are never really exteme.

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 for snorkelling and diving.

Keep in mind that many tide forecast websites base their island-specific Turks and Caicos tide table off of the 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 slightly 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 a 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 shelfs (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 location 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, 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.