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Turks and Caicos Wind, Wave, Swell, and 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
23
0h
54
71
NE
2.4
8
N
24
32
100
1.5
We
23
1h
54
71
NE
2.4
8
N
24
32
100
1.4
We
23
2h
55
70
NE
2.5
8
N
24
32
100
1.3
We
23
3h
55
69
NE
2.5
8
N
24
32
100
1.2
We
23
4h
55
71
E
2.6
8
N
24
32
100
1.4
We
23
5h
55
72
E
2.6
8
N
24
32
100
1.5
We
23
6h
55
73
E
2.7
8
N
24
32
100
1.7
We
23
7h
55
71
E
2.7
8
N
24
32
98
1.2
We
23
8h
56
70
E
2.8
9
N
24
32
97
0.7
We
23
9h
56
68
E
2.8
10
N
24
32
95
0.2
We
23
10h
57
67
E
2
10
NE
24
32
92
0.3
We
23
11h
57
66
E
1.1
10
NE
24
32
88
0.3
We
23
12h
57
65
E
0.3
10
NE
24
32
85
0.4
We
23
13h
57
64
E
0.3
10
NE
24
32
80
0.3
We
23
14h
57
64
E
0.3
10
NE
25
32
74
0.2
We
23
15h
57
63
E
0.3
10
NE
25
32
69
0.1
We
23
16h
57
63
E
0.3
10
NE
25
32
69
0.1
We
23
17h
57
64
E
0.3
10
NE
25
32
69
0.1
We
23
18h
56
64
E
0.3
9
NE
25
32
70
0.1
We
23
19h
55
63
E
0.3
9
NE
25
32
66
0.1
We
23
20h
55
62
E
0.3
10
NE
25
32
62
0
We
23
21h
54
60
E
0.3
10
NE
25
32
59
0
We
23
22h
54
59
E
0.3
10
NE
25
32
60
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
24
0h
53
57
E
0.3
10
NE
25
32
62
0
Th
24
1h
53
56
E
0.3
10
NE
25
32
71
0
Th
24
2h
52
55
E
0.3
11
NE
25
32
79
0.1
Th
24
3h
52
54
E
0.3
12
NE
25
32
87
0.1
Th
24
4h
51
54
E
0.3
12
NE
25
32
81
0.1
Th
24
5h
51
55
E
0.3
12
NE
25
32
74
0
Th
24
6h
50
55
E
0.3
12
NE
25
32
68
0
Th
24
7h
50
55
E
0.3
12
NE
25
32
68
0.2
Th
24
8h
49
54
E
0.3
12
NE
25
32
68
0.4
Th
24
9h
49
54
E
0.3
12
NE
26
32
68
0.6
Th
24
10h
48
53
E
0.3
12
NE
26
32
66
0.4
Th
24
11h
48
53
E
0.3
11
NE
26
32
64
0.2
Th
24
12h
48
52
E
0.3
11
NE
26
32
63
0
Th
24
13h
48
51
E
0.3
11
NE
26
32
56
0.1
Th
24
14h
47
49
E
0.3
11
NE
26
32
49
0.1
Th
24
15h
46
48
E
0.3
11
NE
26
32
42
0.2
Th
24
16h
45
48
SE
0.3
11
NE
26
32
38
0.1
Th
24
17h
44
49
SE
0.3
11
NE
26
32
34
0.1
Th
24
18h
43
49
SE
0.3
11
NE
26
32
31
0
Th
24
19h
42
49
SE
0.3
11
NE
26
32
39
0
Th
24
20h
41
49
SE
0.2
10
NE
26
32
48
0
Th
24
21h
40
49
SE
0.2
10
NE
26
32
56
0
Th
24
22h
40
49
SE
0.2
10
NE
26
32
55
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
25
0h
39
50
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
52
0.1
Fr
25
1h
40
49
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
50
0.1
Fr
25
2h
41
48
E
0.3
10
NE
26
32
47
0.2
Fr
25
3h
41
47
E
0.3
10
NE
26
32
45
0.2
Fr
25
4h
42
46
SE
0.3
10
NE
26
32
48
0.2
Fr
25
5h
42
45
SE
0.4
10
NE
26
32
52
0.2
Fr
25
6h
43
44
SE
0.4
10
NE
26
32
56
0.2
Fr
25
7h
43
48
SE
0.4
10
NE
26
32
58
0.2
Fr
25
8h
43
51
SE
0.3
10
NE
26
32
60
0.1
Fr
25
9h
43
54
SE
0.3
10
NE
26
32
62
0.1
Fr
25
10h
43
55
SE
0.4
9
NE
26
32
62
0.1
Fr
25
11h
42
55
SE
0.4
9
NE
26
32
62
0.1
Fr
25
12h
42
56
SE
0.5
9
NE
26
32
62
0.1
Fr
25
13h
41
54
SE
0.5
9
E
26
32
57
0.1
Fr
25
14h
39
51
SE
0.6
9
SE
26
32
53
0
Fr
25
15h
38
49
SE
0.6
9
S
26
32
48
0
Fr
25
16h
37
50
SE
0.7
9
SE
26
32
50
0
Fr
25
17h
35
51
SE
0.8
10
E
26
32
51
0.1
Fr
25
18h
34
52
SE
0.9
11
NE
26
32
52
0.1
Fr
25
19h
32
51
SE
0.9
10
NE
26
32
41
0.1
Fr
25
20h
30
50
SE
0.8
9
NE
26
32
30
0
Fr
25
21h
28
49
S
0.8
9
N
26
32
19
0
Fr
25
22h
25
40
SE
0.7
9
N
26
32
19
0

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
26
0h
19
21
SE
0.6
9
N
26
32
21
0
Sa
26
1h
17
21
SE
0.5
9
N
26
32
20
0.3
Sa
26
2h
15
21
SE
0.5
8
N
26
32
19
0.6
Sa
26
3h
13
21
SE
0.4
8
N
26
32
18
0.9
Sa
26
4h
11
20
SE
0.4
8
N
26
32
21
1.1
Sa
26
5h
9
18
SE
0.3
8
N
26
32
24
1.2
Sa
26
6h
7
17
SE
0.3
8
N
26
32
26
1.4
Sa
26
7h
8
19
S
0.3
8
N
26
32
24
0.9
Sa
26
8h
8
22
W
0.3
8
N
26
32
22
0.5
Sa
26
9h
8
24
N
0.3
8
N
26
32
20
0
Sa
26
10h
11
24
SW
0.3
8
N
26
32
19
1
Sa
26
11h
13
23
SE
0.4
8
N
26
32
18
2.1
Sa
26
12h
15
23
N
0.4
8
N
26
32
17
3.1
Sa
26
13h
16
25
N
0.4
8
N
26
32
17
2.8
Sa
26
14h
17
27
NE
0.5
8
N
26
32
17
2.4
Sa
26
15h
18
29
NE
0.5
8
N
26
32
16
2.1
Sa
26
16h
18
32
NE
0.5
8
N
26
32
16
2.2
Sa
26
17h
18
36
NE
0.5
8
N
26
32
15
2.3
Sa
26
18h
18
40
NE
0.5
8
N
26
32
14
2.4
Sa
26
19h
19
39
NE
0.5
8
N
26
32
17
1.6
Sa
26
20h
19
38
NE
0.5
8
N
26
32
19
0.8
Sa
26
21h
19
37
NE
0.5
8
N
26
32
22
0
Sa
26
22h
20
36
NE
0.5
8
N
26
32
30
0

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
27
0h
21
32
NE
0.5
8
N
25
32
47
0
Su
27
1h
22
35
NE
0.5
8
N
25
32
51
0
Su
27
2h
22
38
NE
0.6
8
N
25
32
54
0
Su
27
3h
23
41
NE
0.6
8
N
25
32
57
0
Su
27
4h
22
39
NE
0.5
8
N
25
32
56
0
Su
27
5h
21
36
NE
0.4
8
N
25
32
55
0
Su
27
6h
20
34
E
0.3
8
N
25
32
53
0
Su
27
7h
18
31
E
0.3
8
N
25
32
53
0
Su
27
8h
17
28
NE
0.4
8
N
25
32
53
0
Su
27
9h
15
26
NE
0.4
8
N
25
32
52
0
Su
27
10h
14
26
NE
0.4
8
N
25
32
50
0
Su
27
11h
13
26
NE
0.5
8
N
25
32
47
0
Su
27
12h
12
27
NE
0.5
8
N
25
32
44
0
Su
27
13h
12
22
NE
0.5
8
N
25
32
41
0
Su
27
14h
12
17
E
0.5
8
N
25
32
39
0
Su
27
15h
12
13
E
0.5
8
N
26
32
36
0
Su
27
16h
12
18
NE
0.5
8
N
26
32
36
0
Su
27
17h
12
23
NE
0.6
8
N
25
32
36
0
Su
27
18h
12
28
NE
0.6
8
N
25
32
35
0
Su
27
19h
12
33
NE
0.6
8
N
25
32
27
0
Su
27
20h
13
38
NE
0.6
8
N
25
32
19
0
Su
27
21h
14
43
NE
0.6
8
N
25
32
10
0
Su
27
22h
16
42
NE
0.6
8
N
25
32
10
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
28
0h
20
40
NE
0.7
8
N
25
32
10
0
Mo
28
1h
23
37
NE
0.8
8
N
25
32
12
0
Mo
28
2h
25
35
NE
0.8
8
N
25
32
13
0
Mo
28
3h
27
33
NE
0.9
8
N
25
32
15
0
Mo
28
4h
28
37
NE
0.8
8
N
25
32
19
0
Mo
28
5h
28
42
NE
0.8
8
N
26
32
22
0
Mo
28
6h
28
46
NE
0.7
8
N
26
32
26
0
Mo
28
7h
27
43
E
0.7
8
N
26
32
25
0
Mo
28
8h
26
39
E
0.8
7
N
26
32
24
0
Mo
28
9h
24
35
E
0.8
7
N
26
32
22
0
Mo
28
10h
23
35
E
0.8
7
N
26
32
23
0
Mo
28
11h
22
35
E
0.8
7
N
26
32
23
0
Mo
28
12h
21
35
E
0.8
7
N
26
32
23
0
Mo
28
13h
21
37
E
0.8
7
N
26
32
29
0
Mo
28
14h
20
39
E
0.7
7
N
26
32
35
0
Mo
28
15h
19
41
E
0.7
7
N
26
32
41
0
Mo
28
16h
19
35
E
0.7
7
N
26
32
43
0
Mo
28
17h
18
30
E
0.7
7
N
26
32
44
0
Mo
28
18h
18
24
E
0.7
7
N
26
32
46
0
Mo
28
19h
18
26
E
0.7
7
N
26
32
35
0
Mo
28
20h
19
27
E
0.6
8
N
26
32
24
0
Mo
28
21h
19
29
E
0.6
8
N
26
32
14
0
Mo
28
22h
21
29
E
0.4
8
NE
25
32
12
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
29
0h
24
28
E
0.1
7
NE
25
32
9
0
Tu
29
1h
25
29
E
0.1
7
NE
25
32
15
0
Tu
29
2h
26
29
E
0.2
7
NE
25
32
20
0
Tu
29
3h
27
30
E
0.2
7
NE
25
32
25
0
Tu
29
4h
27
30
E
0.2
7
NE
25
32
27
0
Tu
29
5h
28
30
E
0.2
7
NE
25
32
28
0
Tu
29
6h
28
30
E
0.2
6
NE
25
32
29
0
Tu
29
7h
28
30
E
0.3
6
NE
25
32
31
0
Tu
29
8h
29
31
E
0.3
7
NE
25
32
34
0
Tu
29
9h
29
31
E
0.4
7
NE
25
32
37
0
Tu
29
10h
30
31
E
0.3
6
NE
26
32
40
0
Tu
29
11h
30
31
SE
0.3
6
NE
26
32
42
0
Tu
29
12h
30
31
SE
0.2
6
NE
26
32
45
0
Tu
29
13h
30
33
SE
0.2
6
E
26
32
36
0
Tu
29
14h
29
37
SE
0.2
6
SE
26
32
28
0
Tu
29
15h
29
40
SE
0.2
6
SE
26
32
19
0
Tu
29
16h
28
36
SE
0.3
6
SE
26
32
20
0
Tu
29
17h
28
33
SE
0.4
6
SE
26
32
21
0
Tu
29
18h
27
29
SE
0.5
6
SE
26
32
22
0
Tu
29
19h
26
31
SE
0.4
6
SE
26
32
25
0
Tu
29
20h
26
32
SE
0.3
6
SE
26
32
27
0
Tu
29
21h
25
34
SE
0.2
6
S
26
32
30
0
Tu
29
22h
24
33
SE
0.3
8
SE
26
32
30
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 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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