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Turks and Caicos Wind, Wave, 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)
Fr
15
0h
23
31
E
0.9
9
N
27
33
55
0.1
Fr
15
1h
24
30
E
1
10
N
27
33
60
0.3
Fr
15
2h
24
28
E
1
10
NW
27
33
65
0.4
Fr
15
3h
25
27
E
1.1
11
NW
27
33
70
0.6
Fr
15
4h
24
30
E
1.1
10
NW
27
33
75
0.6
Fr
15
5h
24
32
E
1.1
10
NW
28
33
80
0.6
Fr
15
6h
23
34
E
1.1
10
NW
28
33
85
0.6
Fr
15
7h
23
31
E
0.9
10
SW
28
33
63
0.6
Fr
15
8h
23
29
E
0.7
10
SE
28
33
41
0.6
Fr
15
9h
23
26
E
0.5
10
NE
28
33
79
0.6
Fr
15
10h
23
26
E
0.5
10
NE
28
33
22
0.9
Fr
15
11h
23
25
E
0.6
10
NE
28
33
24
1.3
Fr
15
12h
24
24
E
0.6
10
NE
28
33
89
1.6
Fr
15
13h
23
24
E
0.6
10
NE
28
33
24
1.1
Fr
15
14h
23
23
E
0.6
10
NE
28
33
21
0.5
Fr
15
15h
23
24
SE
0.6
10
NE
28
33
17
0
Fr
15
16h
22
29
SE
0.6
10
NE
28
33
23
0
Fr
15
17h
22
36
SE
0.5
10
NE
28
33
28
0.1
Fr
15
18h
21
42
SE
0.5
10
NE
27
33
79
0.1
Fr
15
19h
21
37
SE
0.5
10
NE
27
33
35
0.3
Fr
15
20h
22
33
SE
0.5
10
NE
27
33
37
0.4
Fr
15
21h
22
28
SE
0.5
10
NE
27
33
87
0.6
Fr
15
22h
22
27
SE
0.5
10
NE
27
33
41
0.6

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
16
0h
21
25
SE
0.5
10
NE
27
33
80
0.7
Sa
16
1h
21
26
SE
0.5
10
NE
27
33
40
0.5
Sa
16
2h
21
27
SE
0.5
10
NE
27
33
33
0.4
Sa
16
3h
21
28
SE
0.5
10
NE
27
33
74
0.2
Sa
16
4h
21
27
SE
0.5
10
NE
27
33
28
0.2
Sa
16
5h
20
27
SE
0.5
9
NE
27
33
32
0.2
Sa
16
6h
20
26
SE
0.5
9
NE
27
33
77
0.2
Sa
16
7h
20
25
SE
0.7
9
SE
27
33
36
0.1
Sa
16
8h
20
24
SE
0.9
9
SW
27
33
37
0.1
Sa
16
9h
20
23
SE
1.1
9
N
27
33
38
0
Sa
16
10h
21
30
SE
1.1
9
N
27
33
48
0.1
Sa
16
11h
21
36
SE
1.1
9
N
27
33
58
0.1
Sa
16
12h
22
43
SE
1.1
9
N
27
33
67
0.2
Sa
16
13h
22
40
SE
1.1
9
N
27
33
71
0.3
Sa
16
14h
22
36
SE
1
9
N
27
33
75
0.3
Sa
16
15h
22
33
SE
1
10
N
27
33
79
0.4
Sa
16
16h
21
32
SE
1
10
N
27
33
68
0.4
Sa
16
17h
20
31
SE
0.9
10
N
27
33
57
0.4
Sa
16
18h
19
30
SE
0.9
10
N
27
33
82
0.4
Sa
16
19h
17
25
S
0.9
10
N
27
33
55
0.3
Sa
16
20h
16
21
S
0.8
10
N
27
33
64
0.2
Sa
16
21h
14
17
S
0.8
10
N
27
33
73
0.1
Sa
16
22h
13
17
S
0.8
10
N
27
33
68
0.1

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
17
0h
12
19
SE
0.7
10
N
27
33
58
0.1
Su
17
1h
12
19
SE
0.7
10
N
27
33
56
0.1
Su
17
2h
13
18
S
0.7
10
N
27
33
55
0
Su
17
3h
13
18
S
0.7
10
N
27
33
53
0
Su
17
4h
14
18
S
0.7
10
N
27
33
54
0
Su
17
5h
15
19
S
0.7
10
N
27
33
55
0
Su
17
6h
15
20
S
0.7
10
N
27
33
56
0
Su
17
7h
15
19
S
0.7
10
N
27
33
48
0
Su
17
8h
15
19
S
0.6
10
N
27
33
40
0
Su
17
9h
14
18
S
0.6
10
N
27
33
32
0
Su
17
10h
15
18
S
0.6
10
N
27
33
33
0
Su
17
11h
15
18
S
0.6
10
N
28
33
34
0
Su
17
12h
15
17
S
0.6
10
N
28
33
35
0
Su
17
13h
15
22
S
0.6
10
N
28
33
43
0
Su
17
14h
15
27
SW
0.5
10
N
28
33
51
0
Su
17
15h
14
32
SW
0.5
10
N
28
33
59
0
Su
17
16h
14
31
SW
0.5
10
N
28
33
55
0
Su
17
17h
14
30
SW
0.5
10
N
28
33
50
0
Su
17
18h
14
29
SW
0.5
10
N
27
33
46
0
Su
17
19h
14
30
W
0.5
10
N
27
33
41
0.3
Su
17
20h
14
31
W
0.5
10
N
27
33
35
0.5
Su
17
21h
14
32
W
0.5
10
N
27
33
83
0.8
Su
17
22h
14
33
NW
0.4
10
SW
27
33
31
1.3

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
18
0h
14
35
NW
0.3
10
NE
27
33
73
2.4
Mo
18
1h
14
29
NW
0.3
10
NE
26
33
37
1.8
Mo
18
2h
15
23
NW
0.3
10
NE
26
33
41
1.2
Mo
18
3h
16
16
N
0.3
10
NE
26
33
78
0.6
Mo
18
4h
17
21
N
0.5
10
SE
26
33
42
1.6
Mo
18
5h
18
26
N
0.6
10
SW
26
33
38
2.6
Mo
18
6h
20
31
N
0.8
10
W
26
33
79
3.6
Mo
18
7h
20
32
N
0.7
10
SW
26
33
36
3.6
Mo
18
8h
21
33
N
0.6
11
SE
26
33
37
3.5
Mo
18
9h
21
35
N
0.5
12
NE
26
33
89
3.5
Mo
18
10h
20
35
SW
0.5
12
NE
26
33
52
3.3
Mo
18
11h
19
34
SE
0.4
12
NE
26
33
66
3
Mo
18
12h
18
34
N
0.4
12
NE
26
33
80
2.8
Mo
18
13h
16
32
N
0.3
12
NE
26
33
66
1.9
Mo
18
14h
14
30
N
0.3
12
NE
26
33
53
1
Mo
18
15h
12
28
N
0.2
12
NE
26
33
70
0.1
Mo
18
16h
11
28
SE
0.2
12
NE
26
33
48
0.1
Mo
18
17h
10
29
SW
0.2
12
NE
26
33
56
0
Mo
18
18h
9
29
N
0.2
12
NE
26
33
64
0
Mo
18
19h
10
28
N
0.2
12
NE
26
33
67
0
Mo
18
20h
12
28
N
0.3
12
NE
26
33
70
0.1
Mo
18
21h
13
27
N
0.3
12
NE
26
33
73
0.1
Mo
18
22h
13
25
N
0.3
12
NE
26
33
73
0.1

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
19
0h
14
22
N
0.3
12
NE
26
33
72
0.1
Tu
19
1h
14
19
SW
0.3
12
NE
26
33
82
0.6
Tu
19
2h
14
17
SE
0.3
12
NE
26
33
91
1.2
Tu
19
3h
14
14
N
0.3
12
NE
26
33
100
1.7
Tu
19
4h
13
21
NE
0.3
12
NE
27
33
84
2.4
Tu
19
5h
13
26
NE
0.3
12
NE
27
33
69
3.1
Tu
19
6h
12
32
NE
0.3
12
NE
27
33
53
3.8
Tu
19
7h
13
30
NE
0.6
12
SE
27
33
42
2.6
Tu
19
8h
13
27
NE
0.8
12
SW
27
33
32
1.4
Tu
19
9h
14
24
NE
1.1
12
N
27
33
74
0.2
Tu
19
10h
15
23
NE
0.9
11
SW
27
33
23
0.2
Tu
19
11h
17
23
NE
0.6
11
SE
27
33
25
0.2
Tu
19
12h
18
23
NE
0.4
11
NE
27
33
74
0.2
Tu
19
13h
19
22
NE
0.4
11
NE
27
33
37
0.2
Tu
19
14h
20
22
NE
0.5
11
NE
27
33
47
0.1
Tu
19
15h
21
23
NE
0.5
11
NE
27
33
58
0.1
Tu
19
16h
21
21
NE
0.5
11
NE
27
33
56
0.1
Tu
19
17h
20
22
NE
0.5
11
NE
27
33
54
0.2
Tu
19
18h
19
22
NE
0.5
11
NE
27
33
52
0.2
Tu
19
19h
20
25
NE
0.5
11
NE
27
33
56
1.5
Tu
19
20h
21
27
NE
0.5
11
NE
27
33
60
2.9
Tu
19
21h
21
30
NE
0.5
11
NE
27
33
64
4.2
Tu
19
22h
22
33
NE
0.5
11
NE
27
33
53
5.3

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
20
0h
25
39
NE
0.6
10
NE
27
33
88
7.6
We
20
1h
26
43
NE
0.6
10
NE
27
33
31
6.4
We
20
2h
27
46
NE
0.7
10
NE
27
33
28
5.1
We
20
3h
29
50
NE
0.7
10
NE
27
33
73
3.9
We
20
4h
30
49
NE
0.9
10
SE
27
33
35
4.3
We
20
5h
30
47
NE
1
10
SW
27
33
44
4.8
We
20
6h
31
45
NE
1.2
10
NW
27
33
52
5.2
We
20
7h
31
46
NE
1.2
10
NW
27
33
45
3.6
We
20
8h
32
46
NE
1.3
10
NW
27
33
38
1.9
We
20
9h
32
47
NE
1.3
10
NW
27
33
88
0.3
We
20
10h
33
48
NE
1.3
10
NW
27
33
29
0.6
We
20
11h
34
48
NE
1.3
10
NW
27
33
27
0.8
We
20
12h
35
49
NE
1.3
10
NW
27
33
78
1.1
We
20
13h
34
48
NE
1.3
10
NW
28
33
27
0.7
We
20
14h
33
48
NE
1.3
10
NW
28
33
29
0.4
We
20
15h
33
47
NE
1.3
10
NW
28
33
31
0
We
20
16h
33
50
NE
1.3
10
NW
28
33
37
0
We
20
17h
34
53
NE
1.3
10
NW
28
33
44
0.1
We
20
18h
35
56
NE
1.3
10
NW
27
33
51
0.1
We
20
19h
36
56
NE
1.3
10
NW
27
33
46
0.6
We
20
20h
37
57
NE
1.4
10
NW
27
33
41
1.2
We
20
21h
39
57
NE
1.4
10
NW
27
33
89
1.7
We
20
22h
39
53
NE
1.4
10
NW
27
33
38
3.3

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
21
0h
39
47
NE
1.3
10
NW
27
33
82
6.4
Th
21
1h
38
47
NE
1.3
10
NW
27
33
35
4.9
Th
21
2h
37
47
NE
1.2
10
NW
27
33
30
3.4
Th
21
3h
36
47
NE
1.2
10
NW
27
33
75
1.9
Th
21
4h
36
50
NE
1.2
10
NW
27
33
22
3.2
Th
21
5h
35
52
NE
1.2
10
NW
27
33
19
4.6
Th
21
6h
35
55
NE
1.2
10
NW
27
33
87
5.9
Th
21
7h
35
49
NE
1.1
10
SW
27
33
23
4.5
Th
21
8h
35
44
NE
1.1
10
SE
27
33
30
3
Th
21
9h
36
38
NE
1
10
NE
27
33
78
1.6
Th
21
10h
36
38
NE
1
10
NE
27
33
41
1.8
Th
21
11h
36
38
NE
1
10
NE
27
33
45
1.9
Th
21
12h
36
39
NE
1
10
NE
27
33
73
2.1
Th
21
13h
34
37
NE
0.9
10
NE
27
33
43
1.4
Th
21
14h
32
35
NE
0.9
10
NE
27
33
38
0.7
Th
21
15h
31
34
NE
0.8
10
NE
27
33
32
0
Th
21
16h
30
35
NE
0.8
10
NE
27
33
31
0.1
Th
21
17h
28
36
NE
0.7
9
NE
27
33
29
0.3
Th
21
18h
27
36
NE
0.7
9
NE
27
33
89
0.4
Th
21
19h
28
38
NE
0.8
9
SE
27
33
23
1.1
Th
21
20h
29
39
NE
0.9
10
SW
27
33
19
1.7
Th
21
21h
30
41
NE
1
10
NW
27
33
78
2.4
Th
21
22h
30
41
NE
0.9
10
SW
27
33
23
2.7

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 snorkelling 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 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 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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