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Turks and Caicos Wind, Wave, 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
26
0h
35
43
E
0.9
10
NW
28
32
51
0
Mo
26
1h
35
43
E
0.9
10
NW
28
34
49
0
Mo
26
2h
35
42
E
0.9
10
NW
28
34
46
0
Mo
26
3h
35
42
E
0.9
10
NW
28
32
44
0
Mo
26
4h
34
41
E
0.9
10
NW
28
34
39
0
Mo
26
5h
33
41
E
0.9
10
NW
28
34
33
0
Mo
26
6h
33
40
E
0.9
10
NW
28
32
27
0
Mo
26
7h
33
42
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
34
25
0
Mo
26
8h
34
45
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
34
22
0
Mo
26
9h
35
47
SE
0.9
10
NW
27
32
19
0
Mo
26
10h
34
46
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
34
25
0
Mo
26
11h
34
44
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
34
30
0
Mo
26
12h
34
43
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
32
36
0
Mo
26
13h
33
44
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
34
31
0
Mo
26
14h
33
45
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
34
26
0
Mo
26
15h
33
46
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
32
21
0
Mo
26
16h
33
46
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
34
16
0
Mo
26
17h
34
47
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
34
12
0
Mo
26
18h
34
48
E
0.9
10
N
28
32
8
0
Mo
26
19h
34
47
E
0.9
10
N
28
34
14
0
Mo
26
20h
33
46
E
0.9
10
N
28
34
19
0
Mo
26
21h
33
46
E
0.9
10
N
28
32
25
0
Mo
26
22h
35
44
E
1
10
N
28
34
36
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
27
0h
39
41
E
1.1
10
N
28
32
58
0
Tu
27
1h
39
40
E
1.1
10
NW
28
34
57
0
Tu
27
2h
38
40
E
1.1
10
NW
28
34
57
0
Tu
27
3h
38
39
SE
1.1
10
NW
28
32
57
0
Tu
27
4h
37
39
SE
1
10
NW
28
34
57
0
Tu
27
5h
36
40
SE
1
10
NW
28
34
57
0
Tu
27
6h
34
40
SE
0.9
10
N
28
32
57
0
Tu
27
7h
33
41
SE
0.9
10
N
28
34
56
0
Tu
27
8h
33
42
SE
0.9
10
N
28
34
56
0
Tu
27
9h
32
42
SE
0.9
10
N
28
32
55
0
Tu
27
10h
32
42
SE
0.9
10
N
28
34
46
0
Tu
27
11h
31
42
SE
0.8
9
N
28
34
36
0
Tu
27
12h
31
42
SE
0.8
9
N
28
32
26
0
Tu
27
13h
31
44
SE
0.8
9
N
28
34
21
0
Tu
27
14h
30
47
SE
0.8
9
N
27
34
16
0
Tu
27
15h
30
49
SE
0.8
9
N
27
32
10
0
Tu
27
16h
29
48
SE
0.8
9
N
27
34
13
0
Tu
27
17h
28
47
SE
0.7
9
N
28
34
16
0
Tu
27
18h
27
46
E
0.7
9
N
28
32
19
0
Tu
27
19h
29
46
E
0.8
9
N
28
34
25
0
Tu
27
20h
31
45
E
0.8
9
N
28
34
31
0
Tu
27
21h
33
44
E
0.9
9
N
28
32
37
0
Tu
27
22h
34
42
E
0.9
9
N
28
34
41
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
28
0h
36
38
E
1
9
N
28
32
75
0.1
We
28
1h
36
38
E
1
9
N
28
34
51
0.1
We
28
2h
37
38
E
1
9
N
28
34
53
0.1
We
28
3h
37
38
E
1
9
N
28
32
55
0.1
We
28
4h
35
39
SE
1
9
N
28
34
53
0.1
We
28
5h
34
41
SE
0.9
9
N
28
34
51
0.1
We
28
6h
33
42
SE
0.9
9
N
28
32
84
0.1
We
28
7h
32
43
SE
0.9
8
N
28
34
53
0.1
We
28
8h
32
44
E
0.8
8
N
28
34
56
0
We
28
9h
31
44
E
0.8
8
N
28
32
60
0
We
28
10h
32
42
E
0.9
8
N
28
34
64
0
We
28
11h
34
40
E
0.9
8
N
28
34
68
0.1
We
28
12h
35
37
E
1
8
N
28
32
72
0.1
We
28
13h
34
37
E
1
8
N
28
34
66
0.1
We
28
14h
33
36
E
0.9
8
N
28
34
60
0
We
28
15h
33
36
E
0.9
8
N
28
32
54
0
We
28
16h
32
37
E
0.9
8
N
28
34
47
0
We
28
17h
31
39
E
0.8
8
N
28
34
39
0
We
28
18h
30
40
E
0.8
8
N
28
32
32
0
We
28
19h
30
40
E
0.8
8
N
28
34
41
0
We
28
20h
30
39
E
0.8
8
N
28
34
50
0
We
28
21h
30
38
E
0.8
8
N
28
32
59
0
We
28
22h
30
36
E
0.8
9
SW
28
34
60
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
29
0h
30
33
E
0.8
13
N
28
32
61
0
Th
29
1h
30
40
E
0.8
13
N
28
34
62
0
Th
29
2h
31
46
E
0.8
13
N
28
34
63
0
Th
29
3h
31
53
E
0.8
13
N
28
32
64
0
Th
29
4h
31
46
E
0.8
13
N
28
34
63
0
Th
29
5h
31
40
E
0.8
13
N
28
34
62
0
Th
29
6h
31
33
E
0.8
13
N
28
32
61
0
Th
29
7h
30
34
E
0.8
13
N
28
34
60
0
Th
29
8h
29
36
E
0.7
12
N
28
34
60
0
Th
29
9h
28
37
E
0.7
12
N
28
32
60
0
Th
29
10h
28
37
E
0.7
12
N
27
34
64
0.1
Th
29
11h
28
36
E
0.8
12
N
27
34
68
0.2
Th
29
12h
29
36
E
0.8
12
N
27
32
71
0.3
Th
29
13h
29
35
E
0.8
12
N
27
34
67
0.2
Th
29
14h
30
34
E
0.8
12
N
28
34
63
0.1
Th
29
15h
30
33
E
0.8
12
N
28
32
60
0
Th
29
16h
28
35
E
0.8
12
N
28
34
54
0
Th
29
17h
27
37
E
0.7
13
N
28
34
48
0
Th
29
18h
26
39
E
0.7
13
N
28
32
42
0
Th
29
19h
25
38
E
0.7
13
N
28
34
44
0
Th
29
20h
25
37
E
0.6
13
N
28
34
46
0
Th
29
21h
24
37
E
0.6
13
N
28
32
48
0
Th
29
22h
26
36
E
0.6
13
N
28
34
43
0.1

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
30
0h
28
34
E
0.7
13
N
28
32
77
0.3
Fr
30
1h
30
37
E
0.8
13
N
28
34
35
0.2
Fr
30
2h
31
40
E
0.8
12
N
28
34
37
0.1
Fr
30
3h
32
43
E
0.9
12
N
27
32
39
0
Fr
30
4h
30
39
E
0.8
12
N
28
34
41
0
Fr
30
5h
28
34
E
0.8
12
N
28
34
44
0
Fr
30
6h
27
30
E
0.7
12
N
28
32
47
0
Fr
30
7h
26
29
E
0.7
12
N
27
34
40
0
Fr
30
8h
26
29
E
0.6
12
N
27
34
32
0
Fr
30
9h
26
28
E
0.6
12
N
27
32
25
0
Fr
30
10h
26
32
E
0.6
12
N
26
34
21
0
Fr
30
11h
26
36
E
0.6
12
N
25
34
17
0
Fr
30
12h
26
40
E
0.6
12
N
24
32
13
0
Fr
30
13h
25
37
E
0.6
12
N
26
34
27
0
Fr
30
14h
24
35
E
0.6
11
N
27
34
42
0
Fr
30
15h
24
33
E
0.6
11
N
28
32
57
0
Fr
30
16h
21
35
E
0.9
10
N
28
34
46
0
Fr
30
17h
18
37
E
1.1
8
NE
28
34
35
0
Fr
30
18h
15
39
E
1.4
7
NE
28
32
25
0
Fr
30
19h
16
39
E
1.3
7
NE
28
34
31
0.2
Fr
30
20h
16
40
E
1.1
7
NE
28
34
36
0.5
Fr
30
21h
17
41
E
1
7
NE
28
32
87
0.7
Fr
30
22h
20
40
E
0.9
8
NE
28
34
41
0.5

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
01
0h
26
37
E
0.7
11
N
28
32
40
0
Sa
01
1h
27
36
E
0.7
11
N
28
34
43
0
Sa
01
2h
28
35
E
0.7
11
NE
28
34
46
0.1
Sa
01
3h
29
34
E
0.7
11
NE
28
32
82
0.1
Sa
01
4h
29
35
E
0.7
11
NE
28
34
48
0.2
Sa
01
5h
29
36
E
0.8
11
NE
28
34
47
0.4
Sa
01
6h
30
37
E
0.8
11
E
28
32
86
0.5
Sa
01
7h
29
40
E
0.8
10
E
28
34
49
1.1
Sa
01
8h
29
42
E
0.7
10
E
28
34
53
1.8
Sa
01
9h
28
45
SE
0.7
10
E
28
32
56
2.4
Sa
01
10h
28
42
SE
0.7
10
NE
28
34
58
2.3
Sa
01
11h
28
40
SE
0.7
10
NE
28
34
59
2.2
Sa
01
12h
28
37
SE
0.7
10
NE
28
32
60
2.1
Sa
01
13h
28
39
SE
0.7
10
NE
28
34
61
1.4
Sa
01
14h
29
41
SE
0.8
10
NE
28
34
63
0.7
Sa
01
15h
30
44
SE
0.8
10
NE
28
32
64
0
Sa
01
16h
28
40
SE
0.8
10
NE
28
34
58
0
Sa
01
17h
27
35
SE
0.7
10
NE
28
34
53
0
Sa
01
18h
26
31
SE
0.7
10
NE
28
32
47
0
Sa
01
19h
24
33
SE
0.7
10
NE
28
34
44
0.2
Sa
01
20h
23
35
SE
0.6
10
NE
28
34
41
0.3
Sa
01
21h
22
37
E
0.6
10
NE
28
32
88
0.5
Sa
01
22h
23
34
SE
0.6
10
NE
28
34
34
0.6

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
02
0h
26
29
SE
0.7
10
E
28
32
70
0.7
Su
02
1h
27
35
SE
0.7
10
E
28
34
32
0.5
Su
02
2h
28
41
SE
0.8
10
E
28
34
36
0.2
Su
02
3h
30
48
SE
0.8
10
E
28
32
41
0
Su
02
4h
30
47
SE
0.8
9
SE
28
34
40
0
Su
02
5h
31
46
SE
0.9
8
SW
28
34
38
0
Su
02
6h
31
45
SE
0.9
7
NW
28
32
37
0
Su
02
7h
30
46
SE
0.8
7
NW
28
34
41
0
Su
02
8h
28
47
SE
0.8
7
NW
28
34
46
0
Su
02
9h
27
48
SE
0.7
7
NW
28
32
50
0
Su
02
10h
26
48
SE
0.7
7
NW
28
34
47
0
Su
02
11h
26
48
SE
0.7
7
NW
28
34
44
0
Su
02
12h
26
48
SE
0.7
7
NW
27
32
41
0
Su
02
13h
26
44
SE
0.7
7
NW
28
34
35
0
Su
02
14h
26
40
SE
0.7
7
NW
28
34
29
0
Su
02
15h
25
36
SE
0.7
7
NW
28
32
23
0
Su
02
16h
23
37
SE
0.8
7
SW
28
34
21
0
Su
02
17h
20
38
SE
0.8
8
SE
28
34
19
0
Su
02
18h
17
39
SE
0.9
9
NE
28
32
17
0
Su
02
19h
16
37
SE
0.9
9
NE
28
34
18
0
Su
02
20h
15
35
SE
0.9
9
NE
28
34
18
0
Su
02
21h
14
32
E
0.9
9
NE
28
32
19
0
Su
02
22h
16
32
E
0.9
9
NE
28
34
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 experiences an east southeast trade wind, with wind speeds in the 12-20 mph (19-32 kph, or 10-17 knots) 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 tide height change of about 1.9-3 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 flat water 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 flat water 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 offshore sites.