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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
22
0h
64
77
NE
3.4
13
N
29
28
85
0
Fr
22
1h
65
80
NE
3.6
13
N
29
27
84
0.6
Fr
22
2h
67
82
NE
3.7
13
N
29
27
82
1.2
Fr
22
3h
68
85
NE
3.9
14
N
29
27
81
1.8
Fr
22
4h
70
90
NE
3.4
14
NE
29
27
87
2.1
Fr
22
5h
72
96
NE
3
14
NE
29
27
94
2.3
Fr
22
6h
74
101
NE
2.5
14
NE
29
27
100
2.6
Fr
22
7h
76
100
NE
3.4
13
NE
29
26
99
1.7
Fr
22
8h
78
99
NE
4.4
13
NE
29
26
99
0.9
Fr
22
9h
80
98
NE
5.3
13
N
29
26
98
0
Fr
22
10h
82
95
NE
6.1
13
N
29
26
99
0.9
Fr
22
11h
84
92
N
7
13
N
29
27
99
1.9
Fr
22
12h
86
89
N
7.8
13
N
29
28
100
2.8
Fr
22
13h
87
93
SE
7
13
N
29
27
92
2.5
Fr
22
14h
89
96
SW
6.2
12
N
29
27
85
2.1
Fr
22
15h
90
100
N
5.4
12
N
29
27
77
1.8
Fr
22
16h
88
98
N
5.2
12
N
29
27
67
2.9
Fr
22
17h
86
95
NW
5.1
12
N
29
27
58
4
Fr
22
18h
85
93
NW
4.9
11
N
29
27
49
5.1
Fr
22
19h
81
90
NW
4.8
11
N
29
26
47
3.9
Fr
22
20h
77
87
NW
4.8
11
N
29
26
45
2.7
Fr
22
21h
74
85
NW
4.7
11
N
29
26
43
1.5
Fr
22
22h
71
80
W
3.8
11
N
29
26
41
1.7

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
23
0h
64
72
W
2.1
11
N
29
27
36
2.1
Sa
23
1h
63
76
W
2.9
11
N
29
27
35
2.7
Sa
23
2h
61
80
W
3.6
11
N
29
27
33
3.2
Sa
23
3h
59
84
W
4.4
11
N
29
27
32
3.8
Sa
23
4h
60
85
W
3.6
11
SE
29
27
32
4.6
Sa
23
5h
60
85
W
2.7
11
SW
29
27
32
5.4
Sa
23
6h
61
86
W
1.9
11
NW
29
27
33
6.2
Sa
23
7h
62
82
W
1.9
11
W
29
26
29
4.1
Sa
23
8h
62
78
SW
2
11
SW
29
26
25
2.1
Sa
23
9h
63
73
SW
2
11
SW
29
26
21
0
Sa
23
10h
62
76
SW
2.1
11
SW
29
26
20
0
Sa
23
11h
61
79
SW
2.3
11
SW
29
26
18
0
Sa
23
12h
60
82
SW
2.4
11
S
29
27
17
0
Sa
23
13h
59
79
SW
2.3
11
S
29
26
14
0
Sa
23
14h
57
77
SW
2.3
11
S
29
26
10
0
Sa
23
15h
56
74
SW
2.2
11
S
29
26
7
0
Sa
23
16h
54
73
SW
2.1
11
S
29
26
6
0
Sa
23
17h
52
73
SW
2.1
11
S
29
26
4
0
Sa
23
18h
50
72
SW
2
11
S
29
27
3
0
Sa
23
19h
48
66
SW
1.9
11
S
29
26
3
0
Sa
23
20h
45
59
SW
1.8
11
S
29
26
4
0
Sa
23
21h
42
53
SW
1.7
11
S
29
26
4
0
Sa
23
22h
40
47
SW
1.6
11
S
29
26
6
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
24
0h
33
34
SW
1.3
11
S
29
26
9
0
Su
24
1h
32
34
SW
1.6
11
SE
29
26
9
0
Su
24
2h
30
34
SW
1.8
11
NE
29
27
9
0
Su
24
3h
28
34
SW
2.1
11
N
29
28
9
0
Su
24
4h
28
35
SW
2.2
11
N
29
27
8
0
Su
24
5h
28
36
SW
2.2
12
N
29
27
7
0
Su
24
6h
28
38
SW
2.3
12
N
29
27
6
0
Su
24
7h
29
37
SW
2.4
12
N
29
26
8
0
Su
24
8h
31
35
SW
2.4
12
N
29
26
10
0
Su
24
9h
32
34
SW
2.5
12
N
29
26
11
0
Su
24
10h
31
34
SW
2.5
12
N
29
26
16
0
Su
24
11h
31
33
SW
2.5
12
N
29
27
20
0
Su
24
12h
31
33
SW
2.5
12
N
29
28
24
0
Su
24
13h
30
36
SW
2
12
NE
29
27
24
0
Su
24
14h
28
39
SW
1.4
12
SE
29
26
24
0
Su
24
15h
27
42
SW
0.9
12
S
29
26
24
0
Su
24
16h
26
41
SW
0.8
12
S
29
26
23
0
Su
24
17h
24
41
SW
0.8
12
S
29
26
21
0
Su
24
18h
23
41
SW
0.7
12
S
29
27
20
0
Su
24
19h
21
36
SW
1.1
12
SE
29
27
15
0
Su
24
20h
18
32
SW
1.6
12
E
29
27
9
0
Su
24
21h
16
27
SW
2
12
N
29
27
4
0
Su
24
22h
14
24
S
1.9
12
N
29
26
12
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
25
0h
9
19
S
1.8
12
N
29
26
27
0
Mo
25
1h
10
20
SE
1.8
12
N
29
26
32
0
Mo
25
2h
10
21
SE
1.7
12
N
29
26
37
0
Mo
25
3h
10
23
SE
1.7
12
N
29
27
43
0
Mo
25
4h
12
21
SE
1.7
12
N
29
27
38
0
Mo
25
5h
13
20
SE
1.7
12
N
29
27
33
0
Mo
25
6h
15
18
SE
1.7
12
N
29
27
28
0
Mo
25
7h
15
18
SE
1.7
12
N
29
26
23
0
Mo
25
8h
14
17
SE
1.8
12
N
29
26
19
0
Mo
25
9h
14
17
SE
1.8
12
N
29
26
15
0
Mo
25
10h
13
17
S
1.8
12
N
29
28
15
0
Mo
25
11h
12
17
S
1.8
12
N
29
29
14
0
Mo
25
12h
11
17
S
1.8
12
N
29
32
14
0
Mo
25
13h
10
15
S
1.8
13
N
29
31
14
0
Mo
25
14h
9
13
S
1.8
13
N
29
30
15
0
Mo
25
15h
8
11
SW
1.8
13
N
30
29
15
0
Mo
25
16h
6
16
SW
1.8
13
N
29
28
13
0
Mo
25
17h
5
21
SW
1.8
13
N
29
28
12
0
Mo
25
18h
4
26
W
1.8
13
N
29
27
10
0
Mo
25
19h
4
19
S
1.8
13
N
29
27
11
0
Mo
25
20h
5
12
E
1.8
13
N
29
27
12
0
Mo
25
21h
5
7
N
1.8
13
N
29
27
12
0
Mo
25
22h
6
8
NE
1.8
12
N
29
27
12
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
26
0h
9
13
NE
1.7
12
N
29
27
10
0
Tu
26
1h
9
12
E
1.7
12
N
29
27
9
0
Tu
26
2h
10
12
E
1.6
12
N
29
27
7
0
Tu
26
3h
11
13
E
1.6
12
N
29
28
6
0
Tu
26
4h
12
19
E
1.6
12
N
29
27
6
0
Tu
26
5h
12
26
SE
1.5
12
N
29
27
6
0
Tu
26
6h
12
34
SE
1.5
12
N
29
27
6
0
Tu
26
7h
12
32
SE
1.5
12
N
29
26
6
0
Tu
26
8h
12
31
SE
1.5
12
N
29
26
6
0
Tu
26
9h
12
30
SE
1.5
12
N
29
26
7
0
Tu
26
10h
11
25
SE
1.5
12
N
29
27
7
0
Tu
26
11h
10
21
SE
1.4
12
N
29
28
8
0
Tu
26
12h
10
16
SE
1.4
12
N
29
29
9
0
Tu
26
13h
10
17
SE
1.4
12
N
29
30
17
0
Tu
26
14h
10
18
SE
1.4
12
N
29
30
24
0
Tu
26
15h
10
19
SE
1.4
12
N
30
31
32
0
Tu
26
16h
9
18
S
1.4
12
N
29
29
31
0
Tu
26
17h
8
17
S
1.3
11
N
29
28
31
0
Tu
26
18h
6
15
S
1.3
11
N
29
28
30
0
Tu
26
19h
6
15
SE
1.3
11
N
29
28
28
0
Tu
26
20h
5
14
E
1.3
11
N
29
28
25
0
Tu
26
21h
5
14
NE
1.3
11
N
29
28
22
0
Tu
26
22h
6
19
NE
1.3
11
N
29
27
24
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
9
31
NE
1.4
11
N
29
27
27
0
We
27
1h
10
24
E
1.4
11
N
29
26
30
0
We
27
2h
11
18
E
1.4
11
N
28
26
33
0
We
27
3h
12
14
E
1.4
11
N
28
26
36
0
We
27
4h
12
16
E
1.4
11
N
28
26
34
0
We
27
5h
13
20
SE
1.4
12
N
28
26
32
0
We
27
6h
13
24
SE
1.4
12
N
28
27
30
0
We
27
7h
13
22
SE
1.4
12
N
28
27
26
0
We
27
8h
13
19
SE
1.4
12
N
29
27
23
0
We
27
9h
13
17
SE
1.4
12
N
29
28
20
0
We
27
10h
13
18
SE
1.4
12
N
29
28
23
0
We
27
11h
13
19
SE
1.3
12
N
29
28
27
0
We
27
12h
13
20
SE
1.3
12
N
29
28
30
0
We
27
13h
13
19
SE
1.3
12
N
29
27
34
0
We
27
14h
13
18
SE
1.3
12
N
29
26
37
0
We
27
15h
13
18
SE
1.3
12
N
29
26
41
0
We
27
16h
13
23
SE
1.3
12
N
29
26
32
0
We
27
17h
12
28
SE
1.3
12
N
29
26
22
0
We
27
18h
12
33
SE
1.3
11
N
29
26
13
0
We
27
19h
10
29
SE
1.3
11
N
29
26
13
0
We
27
20h
8
25
E
1.3
11
N
29
26
12
0
We
27
21h
7
21
E
1.3
11
N
29
27
12
0
We
27
22h
7
19
E
0.9
11
NE
29
27
21
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
8
16
E
0
12
NE
29
27
38
0
Th
28
1h
9
15
E
0
12
NE
29
27
37
0
Th
28
2h
12
14
SE
0.1
12
NE
29
27
36
0
Th
28
3h
13
15
SE
0.1
12
NE
29
27
35
0
Th
28
4h
14
20
SE
0.1
12
E
29
27
31
0.8
Th
28
5h
15
27
SE
0.1
12
SE
29
27
27
1.5
Th
28
6h
16
34
SE
0.1
12
SE
28
27
23
2.3
Th
28
7h
15
33
SE
0.1
12
SE
29
27
22
1.5
Th
28
8h
14
32
SE
0.1
12
E
29
27
21
0.8
Th
28
9h
13
31
E
0.1
13
NE
29
27
21
0
Th
28
10h
13
28
E
0.1
13
NE
29
28
20
0
Th
28
11h
12
25
E
0.1
13
NE
29
30
20
0
Th
28
12h
11
22
E
0.1
13
NE
29
32
20
0
Th
28
13h
12
24
E
0.1
13
NE
29
32
19
0
Th
28
14h
12
25
SE
0.1
13
NE
29
32
19
0
Th
28
15h
13
27
SE
0.1
13
NE
29
32
18
0
Th
28
16h
12
25
SE
0.1
13
NE
29
29
19
0
Th
28
17h
12
24
SE
0.1
13
NE
29
28
19
0
Th
28
18h
11
22
SE
0.1
13
NE
29
26
20
0
Th
28
19h
10
19
SE
0.1
13
NE
29
26
20
0
Th
28
20h
10
17
SE
0.1
13
NE
29
26
19
0
Th
28
21h
9
14
E
0.1
13
NE
29
26
19
0
Th
28
22h
10
16
SE
0.1
13
NE
29
26
27
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.

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.