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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)
Mo
20
0h
30
32
E
1.4
10
N
27
28
33
0
Mo
20
1h
31
33
E
1.4
9
N
27
28
34
0
Mo
20
2h
31
33
E
1.3
9
N
27
28
34
0
Mo
20
3h
31
33
E
1.3
9
N
27
28
35
0
Mo
20
4h
30
34
E
1.3
9
N
27
27
34
0
Mo
20
5h
30
35
NE
1.2
9
N
27
26
32
0.1
Mo
20
6h
29
36
NE
1.2
9
N
27
26
31
0.1
Mo
20
7h
29
36
NE
1.2
9
N
27
26
35
0.1
Mo
20
8h
29
36
NE
1.2
9
N
27
26
38
0
Mo
20
9h
29
37
NE
1.2
9
N
27
27
41
0
Mo
20
10h
30
37
NE
1.2
9
N
27
27
41
0
Mo
20
11h
31
38
NE
1.2
9
N
27
27
41
0
Mo
20
12h
32
38
NE
1.2
9
N
27
27
42
0
Mo
20
13h
32
39
NE
1.2
9
N
27
26
43
0
Mo
20
14h
33
40
NE
1.2
9
N
27
26
44
0
Mo
20
15h
33
41
NE
1.2
9
N
27
26
45
0
Mo
20
16h
33
43
NE
1.2
9
N
27
26
46
0
Mo
20
17h
33
45
NE
1.2
9
N
27
26
47
0.1
Mo
20
18h
33
48
NE
1.2
9
N
27
26
47
0.1
Mo
20
19h
33
49
NE
1.2
9
N
27
26
41
0.1
Mo
20
20h
33
51
NE
1.2
8
N
27
27
36
0.2
Mo
20
21h
34
53
NE
1.2
8
N
27
28
30
0.2
Mo
20
22h
35
54
NE
1.2
10
N
27
27
32
1.1

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
37
58
NE
1.3
12
N
27
27
37
2.8
Tu
21
1h
38
60
NE
1.4
12
N
27
26
37
5.3
Tu
21
2h
39
64
NE
1.4
12
N
27
26
36
7.7
Tu
21
3h
40
67
NE
1.5
12
N
27
26
36
10.2
Tu
21
4h
40
63
NE
1.5
10
N
27
26
37
11.9
Tu
21
5h
41
59
NE
1.6
9
N
27
26
37
13.7
Tu
21
6h
41
55
E
1.6
8
N
27
27
38
15.4
Tu
21
7h
40
55
E
1.6
9
N
27
27
37
11.1
Tu
21
8h
39
55
E
1.5
10
N
27
27
36
6.9
Tu
21
9h
37
55
E
1.5
11
N
27
28
35
2.6
Tu
21
10h
36
54
E
1.5
11
N
27
28
30
2.6
Tu
21
11h
35
53
E
1.5
11
N
27
28
25
2.6
Tu
21
12h
34
52
E
1.5
11
N
27
28
20
2.6
Tu
21
13h
32
49
E
1.5
10
N
27
27
19
1.7
Tu
21
14h
31
47
E
1.4
8
N
27
26
17
0.9
Tu
21
15h
30
44
E
1.4
7
N
27
26
16
0
Tu
21
16h
28
38
E
1.4
7
N
27
26
16
0
Tu
21
17h
26
32
SE
1.3
7
N
27
26
17
0
Tu
21
18h
24
26
SE
1.3
7
N
27
26
17
0
Tu
21
19h
23
28
SE
1.3
7
N
27
26
16
0
Tu
21
20h
22
31
SE
1.3
7
N
27
26
15
0
Tu
21
21h
20
33
SE
1.3
8
N
27
27
14
0
Tu
21
22h
20
36
SE
1.3
8
N
27
27
14
1.2

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
19
43
SE
1.3
8
N
27
27
13
3.5
We
22
1h
21
40
SE
1.3
8
N
27
27
23
2.6
We
22
2h
22
37
SE
1.3
8
N
27
27
32
1.7
We
22
3h
23
33
SE
1.3
8
N
27
27
41
0.8
We
22
4h
23
33
SE
1.3
8
N
27
27
34
1.3
We
22
5h
24
33
SE
1.2
8
N
27
27
28
1.7
We
22
6h
24
33
SE
1.2
8
N
27
27
21
2.2
We
22
7h
24
34
SE
1.2
8
N
27
27
21
2.7
We
22
8h
23
35
S
1.2
8
N
27
27
21
3.1
We
22
9h
22
36
S
1.2
8
N
27
27
21
3.6
We
22
10h
21
37
S
0.9
8
NE
27
27
24
3.8
We
22
11h
19
37
S
0.7
8
NE
27
27
27
3.9
We
22
12h
18
38
S
0.4
8
NE
27
27
30
4.1
We
22
13h
17
32
S
0.6
8
NE
27
27
31
2.7
We
22
14h
15
27
S
0.7
8
NE
27
27
32
1.4
We
22
15h
14
22
S
0.9
8
N
27
28
33
0
We
22
16h
13
20
S
0.9
8
N
27
27
34
0
We
22
17h
12
19
S
0.9
8
N
27
26
35
0
We
22
18h
11
18
SW
0.9
8
N
27
26
35
0
We
22
19h
10
18
SW
0.9
8
N
27
26
40
0
We
22
20h
8
18
SW
0.8
8
N
27
26
45
0
We
22
21h
7
18
SW
0.8
8
N
27
26
50
0
We
22
22h
6
19
SW
0.5
8
NE
27
26
38
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
4
20
SW
0
8
NE
27
26
13
0
Th
23
1h
4
20
S
0
8
NE
27
26
14
0
Th
23
2h
3
19
SE
0
8
NE
27
27
15
0
Th
23
3h
3
19
SE
0
8
NE
27
28
16
0
Th
23
4h
4
19
SE
0
8
NE
27
27
16
0
Th
23
5h
5
19
SE
0
9
NE
27
27
16
0
Th
23
6h
6
19
SE
0
9
NE
27
27
15
0
Th
23
7h
7
18
SE
0.1
9
NE
27
27
15
0
Th
23
8h
8
17
SE
0.3
9
NE
27
27
15
0
Th
23
9h
9
17
SE
0.4
9
N
27
27
15
0
Th
23
10h
10
16
SE
0.4
9
N
27
27
27
0
Th
23
11h
12
16
SE
0.4
9
N
27
27
39
0
Th
23
12h
14
15
SE
0.4
9
N
27
28
51
0
Th
23
13h
15
17
SE
0.4
9
N
27
27
51
0
Th
23
14h
17
17
SE
0.4
9
N
27
27
51
0
Th
23
15h
18
18
SE
0.4
9
N
27
27
50
0
Th
23
16h
18
20
SE
0.3
9
E
27
27
50
0
Th
23
17h
18
22
SE
0.2
9
SE
27
27
50
0
Th
23
18h
18
23
SE
0.1
9
S
27
27
49
0
Th
23
19h
18
23
SE
0.1
9
SE
27
27
54
0
Th
23
20h
17
23
SE
0.1
9
E
27
27
58
0
Th
23
21h
17
23
SE
0.1
9
NE
27
28
63
0
Th
23
22h
16
24
SE
0.1
9
NE
27
27
64
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
24
0h
15
25
E
0.1
9
NE
27
26
67
0.1
Fr
24
1h
16
23
E
0.1
9
E
27
26
66
0.1
Fr
24
2h
17
21
E
0.1
9
SE
27
26
64
0.1
Fr
24
3h
18
19
SE
0.1
9
SE
27
26
63
0.1
Fr
24
4h
20
24
SE
0.1
9
SE
27
26
57
0.1
Fr
24
5h
22
29
SE
0.2
9
SE
27
26
50
0.1
Fr
24
6h
23
34
SE
0.2
9
S
27
27
44
0.1
Fr
24
7h
23
35
SE
0.2
9
S
27
27
54
0.1
Fr
24
8h
24
37
SE
0.2
9
S
27
27
63
0.1
Fr
24
9h
24
39
SE
0.2
9
S
27
28
73
0.1
Fr
24
10h
24
40
SE
0.2
9
S
27
27
65
0.1
Fr
24
11h
24
41
SE
0.2
9
S
27
27
57
0.1
Fr
24
12h
24
42
SE
0.2
9
S
27
27
49
0.1
Fr
24
13h
24
44
SE
0.3
9
SE
27
27
49
0.6
Fr
24
14h
24
45
SE
0.5
9
NE
27
27
49
1.1
Fr
24
15h
24
46
SE
0.6
9
N
27
28
49
1.6
Fr
24
16h
24
43
SE
0.6
9
N
27
27
49
2.4
Fr
24
17h
23
40
SE
0.6
9
N
27
26
49
3.2
Fr
24
18h
23
37
S
0.6
9
N
27
26
49
4
Fr
24
19h
22
36
S
0.6
9
N
27
26
43
3.3
Fr
24
20h
21
35
S
0.5
9
N
27
26
37
2.6
Fr
24
21h
20
34
S
0.5
9
N
27
26
31
1.9
Fr
24
22h
18
28
S
0.5
9
N
27
26
33
2.5

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
25
0h
15
15
SE
0.4
9
N
27
28
36
3.8
Sa
25
1h
15
22
SE
0.4
9
N
27
27
40
2.9
Sa
25
2h
16
28
SE
0.3
9
N
27
26
44
2
Sa
25
3h
17
35
SE
0.3
9
N
27
26
48
1.1
Sa
25
4h
18
36
SE
0.4
9
N
27
26
41
1.4
Sa
25
5h
19
37
SE
0.5
9
N
27
26
34
1.6
Sa
25
6h
21
39
SE
0.6
9
N
27
27
27
1.9
Sa
25
7h
21
36
SE
0.6
9
N
27
27
27
1.5
Sa
25
8h
21
34
S
0.6
9
N
27
27
28
1.1
Sa
25
9h
21
32
S
0.6
9
N
27
27
28
0.7
Sa
25
10h
20
32
S
0.6
9
N
27
27
29
0.8
Sa
25
11h
19
32
S
0.5
9
N
27
27
30
0.9
Sa
25
12h
18
32
S
0.5
9
N
27
28
31
1
Sa
25
13h
16
32
S
0.4
9
NE
27
28
34
0.7
Sa
25
14h
15
32
S
0.4
9
NE
27
28
38
0.3
Sa
25
15h
13
31
S
0.3
9
NE
27
28
42
0
Sa
25
16h
12
27
S
0.2
9
NE
27
27
41
0
Sa
25
17h
10
22
S
0.2
9
NE
27
27
39
0
Sa
25
18h
9
18
SW
0.1
9
NE
27
27
37
0
Sa
25
19h
8
18
SW
0.1
9
NE
27
27
38
0
Sa
25
20h
8
18
W
0.1
9
NE
27
27
38
0
Sa
25
21h
7
18
NW
0.1
8
NE
27
27
38
0
Sa
25
22h
7
17
NW
0.1
8
NE
27
27
48
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
26
0h
8
17
NW
0.1
8
NE
27
27
66
0
Su
26
1h
8
15
SW
0.2
8
NE
27
27
66
0
Su
26
2h
8
13
SE
0.3
8
NE
27
27
66
0.1
Su
26
3h
8
11
N
0.4
8
N
27
28
66
0.1
Su
26
4h
8
14
NE
0.4
8
N
27
27
66
0.1
Su
26
5h
6
17
NE
0.4
8
N
27
26
65
0
Su
26
6h
6
20
E
0.4
8
N
27
26
65
0
Su
26
7h
5
21
E
0.4
8
N
27
26
55
0
Su
26
8h
4
21
SE
0.5
8
N
27
26
46
0
Su
26
9h
4
22
SE
0.5
8
N
27
26
37
0
Su
26
10h
4
18
S
0.5
8
N
27
26
42
0
Su
26
11h
4
15
S
0.5
8
N
27
26
48
0
Su
26
12h
4
11
S
0.5
8
N
27
27
54
0
Su
26
13h
5
14
SW
0.5
8
N
27
27
58
0
Su
26
14h
6
17
SW
0.5
8
N
27
27
62
0.1
Su
26
15h
8
21
SW
0.5
8
N
27
28
66
0.1
Su
26
16h
9
22
SW
0.5
8
N
27
27
61
0.1
Su
26
17h
11
24
W
0.6
8
N
26
27
55
0
Su
26
18h
13
25
W
0.6
8
N
26
27
50
0
Su
26
19h
14
25
W
0.6
8
N
26
26
56
0.4
Su
26
20h
15
24
W
0.6
8
N
26
26
63
0.9
Su
26
21h
17
24
NW
0.6
8
N
26
26
69
1.3
Su
26
22h
17
24
NW
0.6
10
N
26
26
68
1.3

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 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.

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.