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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
19
0h
8
22
E
0.5
9
N
28
34
20
0
We
19
1h
9
23
E
0.5
9
N
28
34
17
0
We
19
2h
10
25
SE
0.5
9
N
28
34
13
0
We
19
3h
11
27
SE
0.5
9
N
28
34
10
0
We
19
4h
13
26
SE
0.4
9
NE
28
34
9
0.1
We
19
5h
16
24
SE
0.2
9
E
28
34
9
0.1
We
19
6h
18
23
SE
0.1
9
SE
28
34
8
0.2
We
19
7h
19
24
SE
0.1
9
SE
28
34
10
0.9
We
19
8h
19
24
SE
0.2
9
SE
28
34
13
1.5
We
19
9h
20
25
SE
0.2
9
S
28
34
15
2.2
We
19
10h
20
26
SE
0.2
8
S
29
34
15
2.2
We
19
11h
20
26
SE
0.1
8
S
29
34
15
2.2
We
19
12h
20
26
SE
0.1
8
S
29
34
14
2.2
We
19
13h
20
26
SE
0.1
8
S
29
34
14
1.6
We
19
14h
19
25
SE
0.1
8
S
29
34
13
1.1
We
19
15h
19
24
SE
0.1
8
S
29
34
13
0.5
We
19
16h
18
25
SE
0.1
8
S
29
34
11
0.5
We
19
17h
18
26
SE
0.1
8
S
28
34
9
0.4
We
19
18h
18
27
SE
0.1
8
S
28
34
8
0.4
We
19
19h
18
29
E
0.1
8
S
28
34
8
0.7
We
19
20h
18
32
E
0.1
8
S
28
34
8
1
We
19
21h
19
34
E
0.1
8
S
28
34
8
1.3
We
19
22h
20
34
E
0.1
8
SE
28
34
27
1.4

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
20
0h
23
35
E
0.1
8
SE
28
34
64
1.6
Th
20
1h
24
40
E
0.1
8
SE
28
34
54
1.1
Th
20
2h
26
44
E
0.2
8
E
28
34
43
0.6
Th
20
3h
27
49
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
33
0.1
Th
20
4h
28
48
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
35
0.1
Th
20
5h
28
48
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
38
0.1
Th
20
6h
29
47
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
40
0.1
Th
20
7h
29
41
E
0.2
8
E
28
34
39
0.1
Th
20
8h
29
35
E
0.2
8
SE
28
34
38
0
Th
20
9h
29
29
E
0.2
8
SE
28
34
37
0
Th
20
10h
28
29
E
0.2
8
SE
28
34
38
0
Th
20
11h
28
29
E
0.2
8
SE
28
34
39
0.1
Th
20
12h
27
29
E
0.2
8
SE
29
34
39
0.1
Th
20
13h
27
30
E
0.2
8
SE
29
34
40
0.1
Th
20
14h
27
30
E
0.2
8
SE
29
34
41
0.1
Th
20
15h
27
31
E
0.2
8
SE
29
34
42
0.1
Th
20
16h
27
32
E
0.2
8
SE
29
34
40
0.1
Th
20
17h
26
34
E
0.1
8
SE
28
34
37
0.2
Th
20
18h
26
36
E
0.1
8
SE
28
34
35
0.2
Th
20
19h
25
36
E
0.1
8
SE
28
34
36
0.1
Th
20
20h
24
37
E
0.1
8
SE
28
34
36
0.1
Th
20
21h
24
37
E
0.1
8
SE
28
34
36
0
Th
20
22h
25
37
E
0.1
8
SE
28
34
38
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
21
0h
26
36
E
0.1
8
NE
28
34
41
0.1
Fr
21
1h
28
35
E
0.1
8
NE
28
34
39
0.1
Fr
21
2h
30
35
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
38
0.1
Fr
21
3h
31
34
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
36
0.1
Fr
21
4h
31
41
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
35
0.2
Fr
21
5h
32
48
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
35
0.2
Fr
21
6h
32
54
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
34
0.3
Fr
21
7h
32
52
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
37
0.3
Fr
21
8h
31
51
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
40
0.4
Fr
21
9h
31
49
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
44
0.4
Fr
21
10h
30
46
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
45
0.4
Fr
21
11h
30
43
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
46
0.4
Fr
21
12h
29
40
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
48
0.4
Fr
21
13h
29
36
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
43
0.3
Fr
21
14h
28
33
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
39
0.1
Fr
21
15h
28
30
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
34
0
Fr
21
16h
27
31
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
38
0
Fr
21
17h
27
31
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
41
0
Fr
21
18h
26
32
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
44
0
Fr
21
19h
26
33
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
40
0
Fr
21
20h
26
35
E
0.1
8
NE
28
34
35
0
Fr
21
21h
26
36
E
0.1
8
NE
28
34
31
0
Fr
21
22h
27
36
E
0.1
8
NE
28
34
51
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
22
0h
28
36
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
92
0
Sa
22
1h
28
34
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
78
0
Sa
22
2h
29
32
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
63
0.1
Sa
22
3h
30
30
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
48
0.1
Sa
22
4h
30
35
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
46
0.1
Sa
22
5h
30
39
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
45
0.2
Sa
22
6h
30
44
E
0.2
8
NE
28
34
43
0.2
Sa
22
7h
28
38
E
0.2
9
NE
28
34
47
0.2
Sa
22
8h
27
32
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
50
0.2
Sa
22
9h
26
27
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
53
0.2
Sa
22
10h
26
31
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
51
0.1
Sa
22
11h
25
35
E
0.1
10
NE
28
34
49
0.1
Sa
22
12h
24
39
E
0.1
11
NE
28
34
46
0
Sa
22
13h
24
41
E
0.1
10
NE
28
34
42
0
Sa
22
14h
24
43
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
37
0
Sa
22
15h
24
46
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
33
0
Sa
22
16h
24
41
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
32
0
Sa
22
17h
23
36
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
31
0
Sa
22
18h
23
31
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
30
0
Sa
22
19h
22
31
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
30
0
Sa
22
20h
22
31
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
31
0
Sa
22
21h
21
31
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
31
0
Sa
22
22h
22
29
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
33
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
23
0h
23
26
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
37
0
Su
23
1h
23
26
E
0.2
10
NE
28
34
35
0
Su
23
2h
24
27
E
0.1
10
NE
28
34
32
0.1
Su
23
3h
24
27
E
0.1
10
NE
28
34
30
0.1
Su
23
4h
24
26
E
0.3
9
NE
28
34
28
0.1
Su
23
5h
23
26
E
0.4
9
NE
28
34
26
0.1
Su
23
6h
23
25
E
0.6
9
NE
28
34
24
0.1
Su
23
7h
22
24
E
0.6
9
NE
28
34
27
0.1
Su
23
8h
22
23
E
0.7
9
NE
28
34
30
0
Su
23
9h
21
23
E
0.7
9
NE
28
34
33
0
Su
23
10h
22
26
E
0.7
10
NE
28
34
41
0
Su
23
11h
22
30
E
0.7
11
NE
28
34
50
0
Su
23
12h
22
33
E
0.7
12
NE
28
34
59
0
Su
23
13h
22
35
E
0.5
12
NE
28
34
53
0
Su
23
14h
22
37
E
0.3
11
NE
28
34
48
0
Su
23
15h
21
39
E
0.1
11
NE
28
34
42
0
Su
23
16h
21
37
E
0.5
11
NE
28
34
40
0
Su
23
17h
19
35
E
0.9
11
NE
28
34
38
0
Su
23
18h
19
32
E
1.3
11
N
28
34
36
0
Su
23
19h
18
33
E
1.3
11
N
28
34
31
0
Su
23
20h
18
33
E
1.3
11
N
28
34
27
0.1
Su
23
21h
18
33
E
1.3
11
N
28
34
22
0.1
Su
23
22h
18
32
E
0.9
11
NE
28
34
25
0.1

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
24
0h
19
30
E
0.1
11
NE
28
34
31
0
Mo
24
1h
20
29
E
0.5
11
NE
28
34
31
0.4
Mo
24
2h
21
28
E
0.9
11
NE
28
34
31
0.8
Mo
24
3h
22
27
E
1.3
11
N
28
34
31
1.2
Mo
24
4h
23
27
E
0.9
11
NE
28
34
23
1.2
Mo
24
5h
23
26
E
0.5
11
NE
28
34
14
1.3
Mo
24
6h
24
26
E
0.1
11
NE
28
34
6
1.3
Mo
24
7h
24
27
E
0.1
11
NE
28
34
7
0.9
Mo
24
8h
24
27
E
0.1
11
NE
28
34
9
0.4
Mo
24
9h
24
28
E
0.1
11
NE
28
34
11
0
Mo
24
10h
24
28
E
0.5
11
NE
28
34
18
0
Mo
24
11h
25
28
E
1
11
NE
28
34
24
0
Mo
24
12h
25
28
E
1.4
11
N
28
34
30
0
Mo
24
13h
26
30
E
1
11
NE
28
34
37
0
Mo
24
14h
27
32
E
0.6
11
E
28
34
43
0
Mo
24
15h
27
34
E
0.2
11
SE
28
34
50
0
Mo
24
16h
27
37
E
0.3
11
SE
28
34
45
0
Mo
24
17h
28
40
E
0.5
11
SE
28
34
40
0
Mo
24
18h
28
42
E
0.6
11
SE
28
34
35
0
Mo
24
19h
28
43
E
0.5
12
SE
28
34
42
0
Mo
24
20h
28
43
E
0.3
14
SE
28
34
49
0.1
Mo
24
21h
28
43
E
0.2
16
S
28
34
55
0.1
Mo
24
22h
29
43
E
0.2
16
SE
28
34
54
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
25
0h
31
43
E
0.2
15
NE
28
34
50
0
Tu
25
1h
32
42
E
0.2
15
NE
28
34
53
0
Tu
25
2h
33
41
E
0.2
15
NE
28
34
56
0.1
Tu
25
3h
35
40
E
0.2
15
NE
28
34
58
0.1
Tu
25
4h
35
40
E
0.2
14
NE
28
34
52
0.1
Tu
25
5h
35
39
E
0.2
14
NE
28
34
47
0
Tu
25
6h
35
39
E
0.2
14
NE
28
34
41
0
Tu
25
7h
35
40
E
0.2
14
NE
28
34
35
0
Tu
25
8h
35
41
E
0.2
14
NE
28
34
30
0
Tu
25
9h
35
41
E
0.2
14
NE
28
34
25
0
Tu
25
10h
35
41
E
0.2
14
NE
28
34
24
0
Tu
25
11h
35
41
E
0.2
13
NE
28
34
23
0
Tu
25
12h
35
40
E
0.2
13
NE
28
34
23
0
Tu
25
13h
35
40
E
0.2
13
NE
28
34
28
0
Tu
25
14h
35
40
E
0.2
13
NE
28
34
34
0
Tu
25
15h
35
40
E
0.2
13
NE
28
34
40
0
Tu
25
16h
35
40
E
0.2
13
NE
28
34
44
0
Tu
25
17h
34
41
E
0.2
13
NE
28
34
48
0
Tu
25
18h
33
41
E
0.2
13
NE
28
34
52
0
Tu
25
19h
33
43
E
0.2
13
NE
28
34
48
0
Tu
25
20h
32
45
E
0.2
13
NE
28
34
45
0.1
Tu
25
21h
32
46
E
0.2
13
NE
28
34
42
0.1
Tu
25
22h
32
46
E
0.7
13
NE
28
34
45
0.1

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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