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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)
Sa
18
0h
39
55
NE
1.1
9
N
24
32
88
0.5
Sa
18
1h
39
59
NE
1.1
9
N
24
32
87
0.7
Sa
18
2h
39
63
NE
1.1
9
N
24
32
85
0.9
Sa
18
3h
38
67
NE
1.1
9
N
23
32
84
1.1
Sa
18
4h
41
66
NE
1.2
12
N
23
32
84
1.1
Sa
18
5h
44
66
NE
1.3
15
N
23
32
85
1.1
Sa
18
6h
48
65
NE
1.4
18
N
23
32
85
1.1
Sa
18
7h
51
65
NE
1.5
18
N
23
32
85
0.7
Sa
18
8h
54
64
NE
1.7
18
N
23
32
85
0.4
Sa
18
9h
57
64
NE
1.8
18
N
23
32
84
0
Sa
18
10h
58
63
NE
1.8
17
N
23
32
83
0
Sa
18
11h
58
62
NE
1.8
16
N
23
32
83
0
Sa
18
12h
58
61
NE
1.8
16
N
23
32
82
0
Sa
18
13h
57
61
NE
1.8
16
N
23
32
80
0
Sa
18
14h
57
62
NE
1.8
16
N
23
32
79
0.1
Sa
18
15h
56
62
NE
1.8
16
N
23
32
77
0.1
Sa
18
16h
55
61
E
1.8
16
N
23
32
80
0.1
Sa
18
17h
55
60
E
1.7
16
N
23
32
83
0
Sa
18
18h
54
59
E
1.7
15
N
23
32
87
0
Sa
18
19h
54
58
E
1.8
15
N
23
32
85
0.1
Sa
18
20h
54
57
E
1.9
14
N
23
32
83
0.1
Sa
18
21h
54
55
E
2
14
N
23
32
82
0.2
Sa
18
22h
53
55
E
1.9
13
NW
23
32
76
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
19
0h
52
53
E
1.6
10
NW
23
32
63
0
Su
19
1h
51
51
E
1.6
11
NW
23
32
65
0
Su
19
2h
50
50
E
1.5
12
NW
23
32
67
0.1
Su
19
3h
49
50
E
1.5
12
NW
23
32
69
0.1
Su
19
4h
48
49
E
1.5
12
NW
23
32
56
0.1
Su
19
5h
47
50
E
1.4
12
NW
23
32
43
0
Su
19
6h
46
50
E
1.4
12
NW
23
32
30
0
Su
19
7h
45
49
E
1.3
12
NW
23
32
34
0
Su
19
8h
44
48
E
1.3
12
NW
23
32
37
0.1
Su
19
9h
43
47
E
1.2
12
NW
23
32
77
0.1
Su
19
10h
43
46
E
1.2
12
NW
23
32
52
0.1
Su
19
11h
42
45
E
1.2
12
NW
23
32
64
0.1
Su
19
12h
42
45
E
1.2
12
NW
24
32
75
0.1
Su
19
13h
41
50
E
1.2
13
NW
24
32
73
0.1
Su
19
14h
41
56
E
1.1
13
NW
24
32
71
0
Su
19
15h
40
62
E
1.1
13
NW
24
32
68
0
Su
19
16h
39
54
E
1.1
13
NW
24
32
61
0
Su
19
17h
38
46
E
1
13
NW
24
32
54
0
Su
19
18h
37
37
E
1
14
NW
24
32
47
0
Su
19
19h
35
37
E
0.9
14
NW
24
32
50
0
Su
19
20h
33
36
E
0.9
14
NW
24
32
53
0
Su
19
21h
32
35
E
0.8
14
NW
24
32
56
0
Su
19
22h
31
41
E
0.8
14
NW
24
32
51
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
20
0h
31
53
E
0.8
14
NW
24
32
41
0
Mo
20
1h
31
49
E
0.8
14
NW
24
32
38
0
Mo
20
2h
30
45
E
0.8
13
NW
24
32
35
0.1
Mo
20
3h
30
41
E
0.8
13
NW
24
32
77
0.1
Mo
20
4h
28
36
E
0.7
13
NW
24
32
30
0.2
Mo
20
5h
27
32
E
0.7
13
NW
24
32
29
0.4
Mo
20
6h
25
27
E
0.6
13
NW
24
32
77
0.5
Mo
20
7h
24
28
E
0.6
13
NW
24
32
28
0.5
Mo
20
8h
23
29
SE
0.5
13
NW
24
32
28
0.6
Mo
20
9h
23
30
SE
0.5
13
NW
24
32
86
0.6
Mo
20
10h
23
28
SE
0.5
13
NW
24
32
27
0.8
Mo
20
11h
22
28
SE
0.5
13
NW
24
32
26
1.1
Mo
20
12h
22
27
SE
0.5
13
NW
25
32
73
1.3
Mo
20
13h
23
31
SE
0.5
13
NW
25
32
25
0.9
Mo
20
14h
23
35
SE
0.6
13
NW
25
32
24
0.5
Mo
20
15h
24
39
SE
0.6
13
NW
25
32
75
0.1
Mo
20
16h
24
40
SE
0.6
13
NW
25
32
20
0.1
Mo
20
17h
25
42
SE
0.6
13
NW
25
32
17
0.1
Mo
20
18h
25
43
SE
0.6
13
NW
25
32
86
0.1
Mo
20
19h
23
38
SE
0.6
13
NW
25
32
16
0.4
Mo
20
20h
22
33
SE
0.5
13
NW
25
32
18
0.6
Mo
20
21h
20
28
SE
0.5
13
NW
25
32
78
0.9
Mo
20
22h
19
28
SE
0.4
12
NW
24
32
24
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
21
0h
15
27
E
0.3
12
NW
24
32
76
1.1
Tu
21
1h
16
26
E
0.3
12
SW
24
32
28
1.4
Tu
21
2h
17
26
E
0.4
12
SE
24
32
25
1.7
Tu
21
3h
17
26
E
0.4
12
NE
24
32
84
2
Tu
21
4h
17
25
E
0.6
11
SE
24
32
34
2
Tu
21
5h
16
25
E
0.8
10
W
24
32
47
2.1
Tu
21
6h
16
24
E
1
8
N
24
32
59
2.1
Tu
21
7h
17
23
E
1
8
N
24
32
65
1.4
Tu
21
8h
19
22
E
0.9
8
N
24
32
71
0.8
Tu
21
9h
20
21
E
0.9
8
N
24
32
77
0.1
Tu
21
10h
21
23
E
0.9
8
N
24
32
69
1
Tu
21
11h
21
24
E
0.9
8
N
24
32
61
1.8
Tu
21
12h
22
26
E
0.9
8
N
24
32
53
2.7
Tu
21
13h
20
27
E
0.8
8
N
24
32
44
3.5
Tu
21
14h
19
29
SE
0.8
8
N
24
32
35
4.2
Tu
21
15h
18
31
SE
0.7
8
N
24
32
75
5
Tu
21
16h
15
30
SE
0.6
8
N
24
32
37
5.2
Tu
21
17h
13
28
SE
0.6
8
N
24
32
48
5.4
Tu
21
18h
11
27
SE
0.5
8
N
24
32
59
5.6
Tu
21
19h
8
24
SW
0.5
8
N
24
32
65
3.8
Tu
21
20h
4
22
W
0.4
8
N
24
32
72
1.9
Tu
21
21h
1
19
NW
0.4
8
N
24
32
78
0.1
Tu
21
22h
2
17
NW
0.4
8
N
24
32
76
0.5

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
22
0h
5
11
N
0.4
8
N
24
32
72
1.2
We
22
1h
4
9
NW
0.4
8
N
23
32
60
1.2
We
22
2h
4
7
NW
0.3
8
N
23
32
49
1.2
We
22
3h
4
5
NW
0.3
8
N
23
32
71
1.2
We
22
4h
5
10
W
0.3
8
N
23
32
31
1.7
We
22
5h
7
15
SW
0.3
8
NW
23
32
25
2.2
We
22
6h
9
20
S
0.3
8
NW
23
32
76
2.7
We
22
7h
9
20
SW
0.3
8
SW
23
32
24
2.2
We
22
8h
9
20
SW
0.2
8
SE
24
32
30
1.7
We
22
9h
9
20
SW
0.2
8
NE
24
32
74
1.2
We
22
10h
9
22
SW
0.3
8
SE
24
32
48
1.2
We
22
11h
9
24
SW
0.5
8
SW
24
32
60
1.2
We
22
12h
9
26
W
0.6
8
NW
24
32
72
1.2
We
22
13h
9
27
W
0.7
8
NW
24
32
64
0.8
We
22
14h
9
28
W
0.7
9
NW
24
32
55
0.4
We
22
15h
9
29
W
0.8
9
NW
24
32
47
0
We
22
16h
10
29
W
0.8
9
NW
24
32
52
0.1
We
22
17h
10
30
W
0.9
9
NW
24
32
57
0.2
We
22
18h
11
30
W
0.9
8
NW
24
32
61
0.3
We
22
19h
12
30
NW
0.9
8
NW
24
32
55
0.2
We
22
20h
12
30
NW
1
8
NW
24
32
49
0.1
We
22
21h
12
29
NW
1
8
NW
24
32
42
0
We
22
22h
13
30
NW
0.8
8
SW
23
32
42
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
23
0h
14
31
N
0.3
8
NE
23
32
85
0.1
Th
23
1h
16
36
SW
0.3
8
NE
23
32
59
0.3
Th
23
2h
17
40
SE
0.4
8
NE
23
32
75
0.6
Th
23
3h
18
45
NE
0.4
8
NE
23
32
91
0.8
Th
23
4h
18
47
NE
0.4
8
NE
23
32
93
0.9
Th
23
5h
19
49
NE
0.4
8
NE
23
32
96
1.1
Th
23
6h
19
51
NE
0.4
8
NE
23
32
99
1.2
Th
23
7h
18
49
NE
0.4
8
NE
23
32
85
0.8
Th
23
8h
16
47
NE
0.3
8
NE
23
32
70
0.4
Th
23
9h
15
45
NE
0.3
8
NE
23
32
56
0
Th
23
10h
17
44
NE
0.4
8
NE
23
32
61
0
Th
23
11h
19
44
NE
0.4
8
NE
23
32
65
0
Th
23
12h
21
43
NE
0.5
8
NE
23
32
70
0
Th
23
13h
21
44
E
0.5
8
NE
23
32
80
0
Th
23
14h
21
44
E
0.5
8
NE
23
32
90
0
Th
23
15h
21
44
E
0.5
8
NE
23
32
100
0
Th
23
16h
22
45
E
0.5
8
NE
23
32
86
0
Th
23
17h
24
46
NE
0.6
8
NE
23
32
72
0
Th
23
18h
26
47
NE
0.6
8
NE
23
32
58
0
Th
23
19h
28
46
NE
0.7
8
NE
23
32
54
0
Th
23
20h
32
45
NE
0.9
8
N
23
32
50
0.1
Th
23
21h
35
44
NE
1
8
N
23
32
73
0.1
Th
23
22h
37
51
NE
1.1
10
N
23
32
50
0.2

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
24
0h
43
64
E
1.2
12
N
23
32
56
0.4
Fr
24
1h
44
66
E
1.3
11
E
23
32
52
0.3
Fr
24
2h
46
67
E
1.3
10
SW
23
32
47
0.2
Fr
24
3h
47
69
E
1.4
8
NW
23
32
73
0.1
Fr
24
4h
48
67
E
1.4
8
NW
23
32
40
0.1
Fr
24
5h
48
65
E
1.4
9
NW
23
32
37
0.2
Fr
24
6h
48
63
E
1.4
9
NW
23
32
89
0.2
Fr
24
7h
48
65
E
1.4
6
NW
23
32
28
0.1
Fr
24
8h
49
68
E
1.5
3
NW
23
32
22
0.1
Fr
24
9h
49
70
E
1.5
1
NW
23
32
15
0
Fr
24
10h
49
68
E
1.5
1
SW
23
32
18
0
Fr
24
11h
49
66
E
1.5
0
SE
23
32
22
0.1
Fr
24
12h
49
64
E
1.5
0
NE
23
32
89
0.1
Fr
24
13h
49
65
E
1.5
0
NE
23
32
33
0.2
Fr
24
14h
49
66
E
1.5
1
NE
23
32
41
0.3
Fr
24
15h
49
67
E
1.5
1
NE
23
32
71
0.4
Fr
24
16h
48
63
E
1.4
1
NE
23
32
52
0.5
Fr
24
17h
46
59
E
1.4
1
NE
23
32
55
0.5
Fr
24
18h
45
56
E
1.3
1
NE
23
32
58
0.6
Fr
24
19h
45
58
E
1.3
1
NE
23
32
54
0.5
Fr
24
20h
45
60
E
1.3
1
NE
23
32
50
0.3
Fr
24
21h
44
62
E
1.3
1
NE
23
32
74
0.2
Fr
24
22h
45
64
E
1.3
1
NE
23
32
49
0.3

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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