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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)
Fr
25
0h
35
42
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
45
0.1
Fr
25
1h
35
42
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
42
0.1
Fr
25
2h
36
41
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
40
0.1
Fr
25
3h
36
41
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
37
0.1
Fr
25
4h
36
42
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
38
0.1
Fr
25
5h
36
42
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
40
0.2
Fr
25
6h
37
42
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
41
0.2
Fr
25
7h
36
42
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
41
0.1
Fr
25
8h
36
41
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
41
0.1
Fr
25
9h
35
41
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
41
0
Fr
25
10h
35
41
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
39
0
Fr
25
11h
35
42
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
37
0.1
Fr
25
12h
34
42
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
35
0.1
Fr
25
13h
34
43
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
38
0.1
Fr
25
14h
34
44
E
0.2
0
NE
27
32
41
0
Fr
25
15h
34
44
E
0.2
0
NE
27
32
44
0
Fr
25
16h
34
45
E
0.2
0
NE
27
32
44
0
Fr
25
17h
33
46
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
43
0
Fr
25
18h
33
46
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
43
0
Fr
25
19h
33
48
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
52
0
Fr
25
20h
33
49
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
61
0
Fr
25
21h
33
50
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
70
0
Fr
25
22h
34
50
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
65
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
35
50
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
54
0.1
Sa
26
1h
36
50
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
55
0.1
Sa
26
2h
37
49
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
57
0.1
Sa
26
3h
39
48
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
58
0.1
Sa
26
4h
39
48
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
51
0.1
Sa
26
5h
40
48
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
43
0
Sa
26
6h
41
48
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
35
0
Sa
26
7h
41
48
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
38
0
Sa
26
8h
41
48
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
40
0
Sa
26
9h
42
48
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
42
0
Sa
26
10h
41
48
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
58
0
Sa
26
11h
41
48
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
73
0
Sa
26
12h
41
48
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
88
0
Sa
26
13h
40
47
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
72
0
Sa
26
14h
40
46
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
55
0
Sa
26
15h
39
45
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
39
0
Sa
26
16h
39
46
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
38
0
Sa
26
17h
38
47
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
38
0
Sa
26
18h
38
48
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
38
0
Sa
26
19h
37
49
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
45
0
Sa
26
20h
37
49
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
52
0
Sa
26
21h
37
50
E
0.2
0
NE
27
32
59
0
Sa
26
22h
37
50
E
0.2
0
NE
27
32
73
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
38
51
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
100
0
Su
27
1h
39
50
E
0.2
0
NE
26
32
100
0
Su
27
2h
40
49
E
0.2
0
NE
27
32
100
0.1
Su
27
3h
40
48
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
100
0.1
Su
27
4h
41
48
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
92
0.1
Su
27
5h
42
48
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
84
0
Su
27
6h
42
47
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
77
0
Su
27
7h
42
47
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
74
0
Su
27
8h
42
46
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
72
0
Su
27
9h
41
46
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
69
0
Su
27
10h
41
45
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
69
0
Su
27
11h
40
45
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
70
0
Su
27
12h
40
45
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
70
0
Su
27
13h
39
45
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
61
0
Su
27
14h
39
45
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
51
0
Su
27
15h
39
45
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
41
0
Su
27
16h
38
46
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
42
0
Su
27
17h
37
47
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
43
0
Su
27
18h
37
48
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
44
0
Su
27
19h
36
49
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
40
0
Su
27
20h
36
51
E
0.2
0
NE
27
32
36
0
Su
27
21h
35
52
E
0.2
0
NE
27
32
33
0
Su
27
22h
36
52
E
0.2
0
NE
27
32
48
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
37
51
E
0.2
0
NE
27
32
79
0
Mo
28
1h
38
51
E
0.2
0
NE
27
32
86
0
Mo
28
2h
39
50
E
0.2
0
NE
27
32
93
0
Mo
28
3h
40
50
E
0.2
0
NE
27
32
100
0
Mo
28
4h
41
49
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
88
0
Mo
28
5h
41
49
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
75
0
Mo
28
6h
42
49
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
63
0
Mo
28
7h
41
49
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
56
0
Mo
28
8h
41
48
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
49
0
Mo
28
9h
41
48
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
43
0
Mo
28
10h
40
48
SE
0.3
0
NE
27
32
40
0
Mo
28
11h
40
47
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
37
0
Mo
28
12h
40
46
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
34
0
Mo
28
13h
39
45
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
30
0
Mo
28
14h
39
43
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
26
0
Mo
28
15h
39
42
SE
0.2
0
NE
27
32
22
0
Mo
28
16h
39
44
SE
0.2
3
NE
27
32
27
0
Mo
28
17h
38
46
SE
0.2
5
NE
27
32
32
0
Mo
28
18h
37
48
SE
0.2
8
NE
27
32
37
0
Mo
28
19h
37
49
SE
0.2
8
NE
27
32
42
0
Mo
28
20h
37
50
E
0.2
8
NE
27
32
46
0
Mo
28
21h
36
51
E
0.2
8
NE
27
32
50
0
Mo
28
22h
37
50
E
0.2
8
NE
27
32
59
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
37
49
E
0.2
8
NE
26
32
76
0
Tu
29
1h
37
49
E
0.2
8
NE
26
32
73
0
Tu
29
2h
38
50
E
0.2
7
NE
26
32
71
0.1
Tu
29
3h
39
50
E
0.2
7
NE
26
32
69
0.1
Tu
29
4h
39
49
E
0.2
7
NE
27
32
56
0.1
Tu
29
5h
40
49
E
0.2
7
NE
27
32
44
0.1
Tu
29
6h
41
48
E
0.2
7
NE
27
32
31
0.1
Tu
29
7h
41
48
E
0.2
7
NE
27
32
31
0.1
Tu
29
8h
41
48
E
0.3
7
NE
27
32
30
0
Tu
29
9h
41
48
E
0.3
7
NE
27
32
29
0
Tu
29
10h
41
46
SE
0.3
7
NE
27
32
28
0
Tu
29
11h
40
45
SE
0.2
7
NE
27
32
28
0
Tu
29
12h
40
43
SE
0.2
7
NE
27
32
27
0
Tu
29
13h
39
42
SE
0.2
7
NE
27
32
26
0
Tu
29
14h
39
41
SE
0.3
7
NE
27
32
25
0
Tu
29
15h
38
40
SE
0.3
7
NE
27
32
24
0
Tu
29
16h
37
41
SE
0.3
7
NE
27
32
25
0
Tu
29
17h
36
41
SE
0.2
7
NE
27
32
27
0
Tu
29
18h
36
42
SE
0.2
7
NE
27
32
29
0
Tu
29
19h
35
43
SE
0.2
7
NE
27
32
36
0
Tu
29
20h
34
43
E
0.2
7
NE
27
32
43
0
Tu
29
21h
33
44
E
0.2
7
NE
27
32
49
0
Tu
29
22h
34
43
E
0.2
7
NE
26
32
57
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
30
0h
35
43
E
0.2
7
NE
26
32
72
0
We
30
1h
35
42
E
0.2
7
NE
26
32
65
0
We
30
2h
36
42
E
0.2
6
NE
26
32
58
0.1
We
30
3h
37
41
E
0.2
6
NE
27
32
51
0.1
We
30
4h
37
41
E
0.2
6
NE
27
32
54
0.1
We
30
5h
37
42
SE
0.2
7
NE
26
32
58
0.1
We
30
6h
37
42
SE
0.2
7
NE
26
32
62
0.1
We
30
7h
37
42
SE
0.2
8
NE
27
32
66
0.1
We
30
8h
37
41
SE
0.2
10
NE
27
32
70
0
We
30
9h
36
40
SE
0.2
11
NE
27
32
74
0
We
30
10h
36
42
SE
0.2
9
NE
27
32
53
0
We
30
11h
36
45
SE
0.2
8
NE
27
32
32
0
We
30
12h
36
47
SE
0.2
6
NE
27
32
11
0
We
30
13h
36
50
SE
0.2
8
E
27
32
9
0
We
30
14h
36
52
SE
0.2
9
SE
27
32
7
0
We
30
15h
36
54
SE
0.2
11
SE
27
32
5
0
We
30
16h
35
48
SE
0.2
11
SE
27
32
8
0
We
30
17h
34
42
SE
0.2
11
SE
27
32
10
0
We
30
18h
33
36
SE
0.2
11
SE
27
32
13
0
We
30
19h
32
36
SE
0.2
10
SE
27
32
17
0
We
30
20h
31
37
SE
0.2
10
E
27
32
21
0
We
30
21h
29
37
E
0.2
10
NE
27
32
26
0
We
30
22h
29
36
E
0.2
10
NE
27
32
43
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
31
0h
29
35
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
79
0
Th
31
1h
30
34
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
71
0
Th
31
2h
31
33
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
64
0
Th
31
3h
31
32
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
56
0
Th
31
4h
31
33
E
0.2
10
NE
26
32
39
0
Th
31
5h
31
35
SE
0.2
10
NE
26
32
22
0
Th
31
6h
31
36
SE
0.2
10
NE
27
32
5
0
Th
31
7h
31
35
SE
0.2
10
NE
27
32
10
0
Th
31
8h
30
35
SE
0.2
10
NE
27
32
15
0
Th
31
9h
30
35
SE
0.2
10
NE
27
32
20
0
Th
31
10h
30
35
SE
0.2
10
NE
27
32
22
0
Th
31
11h
30
35
SE
0.2
10
NE
27
32
25
0
Th
31
12h
31
35
SE
0.2
10
NE
27
32
27
0
Th
31
13h
31
37
SE
0.2
10
E
27
32
24
0
Th
31
14h
31
39
SE
0.2
9
SE
27
32
22
0
Th
31
15h
31
42
SE
0.2
9
SE
27
32
19
0
Th
31
16h
30
39
SE
0.2
9
SE
27
32
16
0
Th
31
17h
28
36
SE
0.2
9
SE
27
32
13
0
Th
31
18h
27
33
SE
0.2
9
SE
27
32
10
0
Th
31
19h
26
34
SE
0.2
8
SE
27
32
17
0
Th
31
20h
24
35
SE
0.1
8
SE
27
32
25
0
Th
31
21h
23
36
E
0.1
8
SE
27
32
33
0
Th
31
22h
23
37
E
0.1
10
SE
27
32
26
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 generally 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 discounting tropical cyclones, such storm are typically seen during the winter months.

The Tide Forecast

As the Turks and Caicos is located in the tropical Atlantic, the high and low tide changes, or tidal range, does not tend to be drastic, with a typical difference of about 2-2.6 feet (.6-.8m). Abnormal tides, such as spring tides, may cause unusual lows and highs, yet these are never really exteme.

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 for snorkelling and diving.

Keep in mind that many tide forecast websites base their island-specific Turks and Caicos tide table off of the 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 slightly 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 location 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, 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.