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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)
Tu
26
0h
39
45
E
1.1
11
NW
24
32
41
0
Tu
26
1h
38
44
E
1.1
11
NW
24
32
41
0
Tu
26
2h
37
44
E
1
11
NW
24
32
41
0
Tu
26
3h
37
43
E
1
11
NW
24
32
41
0
Tu
26
4h
37
42
E
1
11
NW
24
32
37
0
Tu
26
5h
37
42
E
1.1
10
NW
24
32
33
0
Tu
26
6h
38
42
E
1.1
10
NW
24
32
29
0
Tu
26
7h
38
41
E
1.1
10
NW
24
32
31
0
Tu
26
8h
37
41
E
1
10
NW
24
32
33
0
Tu
26
9h
37
41
E
1
10
NW
24
32
35
0
Tu
26
10h
38
45
E
1
11
NW
24
32
34
0
Tu
26
11h
39
50
E
1.1
11
NW
24
32
33
0
Tu
26
12h
40
54
E
1.1
12
NW
24
32
31
0
Tu
26
13h
39
49
E
1.1
12
NW
24
32
32
0
Tu
26
14h
38
43
E
1
11
NW
24
32
32
0
Tu
26
15h
37
39
E
1
11
NW
24
32
33
0
Tu
26
16h
36
38
E
1
11
NW
24
32
36
0
Tu
26
17h
35
38
E
0.9
11
NW
24
32
40
0
Tu
26
18h
33
39
E
0.9
11
NW
24
32
44
0
Tu
26
19h
33
40
E
0.9
11
NW
24
32
42
0
Tu
26
20h
32
41
E
0.8
11
NW
24
32
39
0
Tu
26
21h
31
42
E
0.8
11
NW
24
32
37
0
Tu
26
22h
32
42
E
0.8
11
NW
24
32
44
0

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
27
0h
33
41
E
0.9
11
NW
24
32
59
0
We
27
1h
34
40
E
0.9
10
NW
24
32
60
0
We
27
2h
35
38
E
1
10
NW
24
32
62
0
We
27
3h
36
37
E
1
10
NW
24
32
64
0
We
27
4h
36
38
E
1.2
10
NW
24
32
60
0
We
27
5h
35
40
E
1.4
10
NW
24
32
56
0
We
27
6h
35
41
E
1.6
10
N
24
32
52
0
We
27
7h
34
41
E
1.5
10
N
24
32
52
0
We
27
8h
33
40
E
1.3
10
N
24
32
53
0
We
27
9h
32
40
E
1.2
10
N
24
32
53
0
We
27
10h
32
40
E
1.2
10
N
24
32
46
0
We
27
11h
32
39
E
1.2
10
N
24
32
38
0
We
27
12h
32
39
E
1.2
10
N
24
32
31
0
We
27
13h
33
44
E
1.2
10
N
24
32
38
0
We
27
14h
33
48
SE
1.3
10
N
24
32
46
0
We
27
15h
34
52
SE
1.3
11
N
25
32
53
0
We
27
16h
32
45
SE
1.3
10
N
25
32
55
0
We
27
17h
30
37
SE
1.2
10
N
25
32
56
0
We
27
18h
28
30
SE
1.2
10
N
25
32
57
0
We
27
19h
27
29
SE
1.2
10
N
25
32
60
0
We
27
20h
26
28
SE
1.1
10
N
25
32
64
0
We
27
21h
25
26
SE
1.1
10
N
25
32
67
0
We
27
22h
25
27
E
1.1
10
N
25
32
62
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
28
0h
24
27
E
1
10
N
25
32
52
0.1
Th
28
1h
23
26
E
1
10
N
25
32
47
0.1
Th
28
2h
23
25
E
1.1
10
N
24
32
41
0
Th
28
3h
22
24
E
1.1
9
N
24
32
36
0
Th
28
4h
22
30
E
0.9
8
N
24
32
48
0
Th
28
5h
21
36
E
0.7
7
N
24
32
61
0
Th
28
6h
20
42
E
0.5
6
N
24
32
73
0
Th
28
7h
20
38
E
0.5
6
N
25
32
59
0
Th
28
8h
20
34
E
0.5
6
N
25
32
45
0.1
Th
28
9h
20
31
E
0.5
6
N
25
32
77
0.1
Th
28
10h
20
33
SE
0.5
6
N
25
32
27
0.1
Th
28
11h
20
36
SE
0.5
6
N
25
32
23
0.1
Th
28
12h
20
38
SE
0.5
6
N
25
32
82
0.1
Th
28
13h
15
33
SE
0.4
6
N
25
32
18
0.1
Th
28
14h
11
28
S
0.4
6
N
25
32
18
0
Th
28
15h
6
23
S
0.3
6
N
25
32
18
0
Th
28
16h
7
25
SW
0.3
6
N
25
32
14
0
Th
28
17h
8
26
SW
0.4
6
N
25
32
10
0
Th
28
18h
8
28
W
0.4
6
N
25
32
6
0
Th
28
19h
11
28
W
0.4
6
SW
24
32
18
0
Th
28
20h
14
29
NW
0.4
6
SE
24
32
30
0
Th
28
21h
17
29
NW
0.4
6
NE
24
32
42
0
Th
28
22h
21
37
NW
0.5
6
NE
24
32
59
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
29
0h
28
54
NW
0.7
6
NE
23
32
92
0.7
Fr
29
1h
28
53
NW
0.7
6
NE
23
32
95
0.5
Fr
29
2h
29
53
N
0.7
7
NE
23
32
97
0.3
Fr
29
3h
29
52
N
0.7
7
NE
23
32
100
0.1
Fr
29
4h
36
56
SW
1
7
NE
22
32
97
0.1
Fr
29
5h
43
60
SE
1.2
7
NE
22
32
95
0.1
Fr
29
6h
50
65
N
1.5
7
NE
22
32
92
0.1
Fr
29
7h
49
64
NE
1.4
7
NE
22
32
87
0.1
Fr
29
8h
47
64
NE
1.4
7
NE
22
32
81
0.1
Fr
29
9h
45
63
NE
1.3
7
NE
22
32
76
0.1
Fr
29
10h
45
62
NE
1.3
7
S
22
32
66
0.1
Fr
29
11h
45
61
NE
1.4
8
W
22
32
57
0.2
Fr
29
12h
46
60
NE
1.4
8
N
22
32
87
0.2
Fr
29
13h
45
54
NE
1.3
8
W
22
32
46
0.1
Fr
29
14h
43
48
NE
1.3
8
S
22
32
45
0.1
Fr
29
15h
42
42
NE
1.2
8
NE
22
32
44
0
Fr
29
16h
41
44
NE
1.2
9
SE
22
32
43
0
Fr
29
17h
40
45
NE
1.1
11
SW
22
32
41
0
Fr
29
18h
40
46
NE
1.1
12
NW
22
32
40
0
Fr
29
19h
40
46
NE
1.1
12
SW
22
32
41
0
Fr
29
20h
41
46
NE
1.2
12
E
22
32
41
0
Fr
29
21h
41
46
NE
1.2
12
N
22
32
42
0
Fr
29
22h
40
45
NE
1.2
12
SE
22
32
46
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
30
0h
39
43
NE
1.2
11
N
21
32
54
0
Sa
30
1h
39
43
NE
1.2
12
W
21
32
47
0
Sa
30
2h
40
44
NE
1.1
13
SE
21
32
41
0
Sa
30
3h
40
44
NE
1.1
14
NE
21
32
34
0
Sa
30
4h
39
45
NE
1.1
14
SE
21
32
29
0
Sa
30
5h
39
46
NE
1.1
13
SW
21
32
24
0.1
Sa
30
6h
39
47
NE
1.1
13
NW
22
32
81
0.1
Sa
30
7h
38
45
NE
1.1
13
NW
22
32
23
0.1
Sa
30
8h
38
44
NE
1.1
13
NW
22
32
28
0
Sa
30
9h
38
42
NE
1.1
13
NW
22
32
33
0
Sa
30
10h
39
43
NE
1.1
12
NW
22
32
37
0
Sa
30
11h
39
44
NE
1.1
12
NW
22
32
42
0.1
Sa
30
12h
40
45
NE
1.1
12
NW
22
32
88
0.1
Sa
30
13h
40
44
NE
1.1
12
NW
22
32
56
0.1
Sa
30
14h
41
44
NE
1.2
12
NW
22
32
64
0
Sa
30
15h
41
44
NE
1.2
12
NW
22
32
73
0
Sa
30
16h
41
44
NE
1.2
12
NW
22
32
58
0
Sa
30
17h
41
43
NE
1.2
12
NW
22
32
43
0.1
Sa
30
18h
41
42
E
1.2
12
NW
22
32
72
0.1
Sa
30
19h
40
44
E
1.2
12
NW
22
32
35
0.1
Sa
30
20h
40
45
E
1.1
12
NW
22
32
43
0.1
Sa
30
21h
39
46
E
1.1
12
NW
22
32
51
0.1
Sa
30
22h
40
46
E
1.1
12
NW
22
32
54
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
31
0h
42
46
E
1.2
13
NW
22
32
61
0.2
Su
31
1h
42
46
E
1.2
13
NW
22
32
62
0.2
Su
31
2h
42
46
E
1.2
13
NW
22
32
62
0.1
Su
31
3h
42
45
E
1.2
14
NW
22
32
63
0.1
Su
31
4h
41
47
E
1.2
14
NW
22
32
62
0.1
Su
31
5h
41
49
E
1.1
13
NW
23
32
61
0.2
Su
31
6h
40
50
E
1.1
13
NW
23
32
59
0.2
Su
31
7h
41
50
E
1.1
13
NW
23
32
60
0.2
Su
31
8h
42
49
E
1.2
13
NW
23
32
60
0.1
Su
31
9h
42
49
E
1.2
13
NW
23
32
61
0.1
Su
31
10h
42
47
E
1.2
13
NW
23
32
47
0.1
Su
31
11h
42
45
E
1.2
13
NW
23
32
34
0
Su
31
12h
42
44
E
1.2
13
NW
23
32
20
0
Su
31
13h
42
44
E
1.2
13
NW
23
32
47
0
Su
31
14h
43
45
E
1.3
13
NW
23
32
73
0
Su
31
15h
44
45
E
1.3
13
NW
23
32
99
0
Su
31
16h
42
45
E
1.2
13
NW
23
32
98
0
Su
31
17h
40
46
E
1.2
13
NW
23
32
96
0
Su
31
18h
38
46
E
1.1
13
NW
24
32
95
0
Su
31
19h
39
46
E
1.1
13
NW
24
32
87
0.2
Su
31
20h
39
46
E
1.1
13
NW
24
32
79
0.4
Su
31
21h
40
46
E
1.1
13
NW
24
32
71
0.6
Su
31
22h
40
46
E
1.1
13
NW
24
32
75
0.4

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
01
0h
41
44
E
1.2
12
NW
24
32
83
0
Mo
01
1h
40
42
E
1.2
12
NW
24
32
71
0.5
Mo
01
2h
39
40
E
1.1
12
NW
24
32
58
0.9
Mo
01
3h
39
40
E
1.1
13
NW
24
32
72
1.4
Mo
01
4h
37
40
E
1.1
13
W
24
32
37
1.3
Mo
01
5h
36
41
E
1
13
SW
24
32
28
1.1
Mo
01
6h
34
42
E
1
13
SE
24
32
77
1
Mo
01
7h
33
41
E
0.9
13
SW
24
32
36
0.7
Mo
01
8h
31
39
E
0.9
13
W
24
32
53
0.3
Mo
01
9h
30
37
E
0.8
13
NW
24
32
69
0
Mo
01
10h
30
36
E
0.8
13
NW
24
32
56
0
Mo
01
11h
31
34
E
0.8
13
NW
24
32
43
0
Mo
01
12h
31
33
E
0.8
13
NW
24
32
30
0
Mo
01
13h
32
38
SE
0.8
13
NW
24
32
34
0.1
Mo
01
14h
33
43
SE
0.9
13
NW
25
32
37
0.2
Mo
01
15h
33
48
SE
0.9
13
NW
25
32
74
0.3
Mo
01
16h
32
49
SE
0.9
13
NW
25
32
30
0.2
Mo
01
17h
32
51
SE
0.8
13
NW
25
32
20
0.1
Mo
01
18h
31
52
SE
0.8
13
NW
25
32
9
0
Mo
01
19h
27
45
SE
0.7
13
NW
25
32
9
0
Mo
01
20h
24
37
SE
0.6
12
NW
25
32
9
0
Mo
01
21h
21
30
SE
0.5
12
NW
25
32
9
0
Mo
01
22h
18
28
S
0.4
13
NW
25
32
17
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 snorkeling 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 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 shelves (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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