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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)
Tu
28
0h
18
22
NE
0.5
10
NE
28
26
62
0
Tu
28
1h
17
22
NE
0.5
10
NE
28
26
61
0
Tu
28
2h
17
21
NE
0.5
10
NE
28
27
61
0
Tu
28
3h
17
21
NE
0.5
10
NE
28
28
60
0
Tu
28
4h
17
21
E
0.5
10
NE
28
28
59
0
Tu
28
5h
17
21
E
0.5
10
NE
28
28
58
0
Tu
28
6h
18
21
E
0.5
10
NE
28
28
57
0
Tu
28
7h
18
20
E
0.5
10
NE
28
28
61
0
Tu
28
8h
18
19
E
0.5
10
NE
28
28
65
0
Tu
28
9h
18
20
E
0.5
10
NE
28
28
68
0
Tu
28
10h
18
25
E
0.6
11
NE
28
28
70
0
Tu
28
11h
17
31
E
0.7
12
NE
28
29
71
0
Tu
28
12h
17
38
E
0.8
13
NE
28
31
72
0
Tu
28
13h
15
32
SE
0.8
13
NE
28
29
67
0
Tu
28
14h
14
26
SE
0.8
13
NE
28
27
61
0
Tu
28
15h
13
19
SE
0.8
13
NE
28
26
56
0
Tu
28
16h
11
21
SE
0.8
13
NE
28
26
60
0
Tu
28
17h
10
23
SE
0.7
12
NE
28
26
65
0
Tu
28
18h
8
25
SE
0.7
12
NE
28
26
69
0
Tu
28
19h
9
25
E
0.7
12
NE
28
26
64
0
Tu
28
20h
10
25
E
0.8
12
NE
28
26
59
0
Tu
28
21h
10
24
E
0.8
12
NE
28
26
53
0
Tu
28
22h
13
24
E
0.8
12
NE
28
26
53
0.1

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
29
0h
19
22
NE
0.9
12
NE
28
26
54
0.2
We
29
1h
19
22
E
0.9
12
NE
28
26
57
0.1
We
29
2h
19
23
E
0.9
13
NE
28
26
60
0.1
We
29
3h
19
23
E
0.9
13
NE
28
27
63
0
We
29
4h
19
23
E
1
13
NE
28
27
56
0
We
29
5h
19
23
E
1.1
13
NE
28
27
50
0
We
29
6h
19
23
E
1.2
13
NE
28
28
44
0
We
29
7h
19
22
E
1.1
13
NE
28
27
51
0
We
29
8h
18
21
E
0.9
12
NE
28
26
58
0
We
29
9h
18
20
E
0.8
12
NE
28
26
65
0
We
29
10h
17
26
E
0.8
12
NE
28
26
68
0
We
29
11h
17
32
E
0.9
12
NE
28
26
71
0
We
29
12h
17
39
E
0.9
13
NE
28
27
74
0
We
29
13h
17
33
E
1.1
13
NE
28
27
73
0
We
29
14h
17
27
E
1.2
14
NE
28
27
72
0
We
29
15h
16
22
E
1.4
14
NE
28
28
70
0
We
29
16h
15
24
E
1.4
14
NE
28
27
68
0
We
29
17h
14
26
E
1.4
14
NE
28
26
65
0
We
29
18h
13
27
E
1.4
14
NE
28
26
62
0
We
29
19h
12
28
E
1
14
SE
28
26
61
0
We
29
20h
12
29
E
0.6
14
SW
28
27
60
0
We
29
21h
11
30
E
0.2
13
NW
28
28
58
0
We
29
22h
13
29
E
0.3
13
NW
28
27
48
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
30
0h
18
28
NE
0.4
13
N
28
27
29
0
Th
30
1h
19
27
E
0.4
13
N
28
27
29
0
Th
30
2h
20
24
E
0.5
13
N
28
27
30
0
Th
30
3h
21
23
E
0.5
12
N
28
27
30
0
Th
30
4h
22
23
E
0.5
12
N
28
27
43
0
Th
30
5h
23
24
E
0.6
12
N
28
27
56
0
Th
30
6h
24
24
E
0.6
12
N
28
28
69
0
Th
30
7h
23
24
E
0.6
12
N
28
28
68
0
Th
30
8h
22
24
E
0.7
12
NW
28
28
67
0.1
Th
30
9h
22
24
E
0.7
12
NW
28
28
66
0.1
Th
30
10h
22
24
E
0.6
12
NW
28
27
66
0.1
Th
30
11h
21
23
E
0.6
12
NW
28
27
65
0
Th
30
12h
21
23
E
0.5
12
NW
28
27
65
0
Th
30
13h
20
23
E
0.5
12
NW
28
27
63
0
Th
30
14h
19
23
SE
0.6
12
NW
28
27
62
0
Th
30
15h
17
24
SE
0.6
12
NW
28
27
60
0
Th
30
16h
16
27
E
0.5
12
SW
28
27
61
0
Th
30
17h
14
30
E
0.4
12
E
28
27
62
0
Th
30
18h
13
32
E
0.3
12
N
28
28
64
0
Th
30
19h
14
32
E
0.3
13
E
28
28
62
0
Th
30
20h
16
32
E
0.4
14
SW
28
28
60
0
Th
30
21h
18
32
NE
0.4
14
NW
28
28
58
0
Th
30
22h
20
30
NE
0.5
14
N
28
27
57
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
01
0h
24
24
NE
0.6
14
N
28
26
56
0.1
Fr
01
1h
24
29
NE
0.6
14
N
28
26
57
0.1
Fr
01
2h
26
33
NE
0.7
14
N
28
26
59
0
Fr
01
3h
26
37
NE
0.7
14
NW
28
27
60
0
Fr
01
4h
25
33
E
0.7
14
N
28
27
64
0
Fr
01
5h
24
30
E
0.6
14
N
28
27
67
0
Fr
01
6h
23
26
E
0.6
14
N
28
27
71
0
Fr
01
7h
22
26
E
0.6
14
N
28
26
65
0
Fr
01
8h
21
26
E
0.5
14
N
28
26
60
0
Fr
01
9h
20
26
E
0.5
14
N
27
26
54
0
Fr
01
10h
19
25
E
0.5
14
N
27
26
52
0
Fr
01
11h
18
24
E
0.4
14
N
27
27
49
0
Fr
01
12h
18
24
E
0.4
13
N
27
28
46
0
Fr
01
13h
17
26
E
0.4
13
N
28
27
51
0
Fr
01
14h
17
28
E
0.4
13
N
28
26
56
0
Fr
01
15h
16
30
E
0.4
13
N
28
26
60
0
Fr
01
16h
16
31
E
0.4
13
N
28
26
62
0
Fr
01
17h
16
33
E
0.4
13
N
28
26
64
0.1
Fr
01
18h
16
34
E
0.4
13
N
28
27
66
0.1
Fr
01
19h
18
34
E
0.4
12
N
28
27
66
0.1
Fr
01
20h
19
34
NE
0.5
12
N
28
27
67
0
Fr
01
21h
20
34
NE
0.5
12
N
28
27
68
0
Fr
01
22h
22
32
NE
0.5
12
N
28
27
71
0.1

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
02
0h
26
28
NE
0.6
12
N
28
28
78
0.4
Sa
02
1h
26
28
E
0.6
12
N
28
27
79
0.3
Sa
02
2h
25
27
E
0.6
12
N
28
27
81
0.1
Sa
02
3h
25
27
E
0.6
12
NW
28
27
82
0
Sa
02
4h
25
28
E
0.6
12
NW
28
27
79
0
Sa
02
5h
25
29
E
0.6
12
NW
28
27
76
0.1
Sa
02
6h
25
31
E
0.6
12
NW
28
28
73
0.1
Sa
02
7h
24
31
E
0.6
12
NW
28
27
78
0.1
Sa
02
8h
23
32
E
0.6
12
NW
28
26
83
0.2
Sa
02
9h
23
32
E
0.6
12
NW
27
26
87
0.2
Sa
02
10h
24
32
E
0.6
11
NW
27
26
85
0.2
Sa
02
11h
26
32
E
0.7
11
N
27
26
82
0.3
Sa
02
12h
28
32
E
0.7
11
N
28
26
80
0.3
Sa
02
13h
28
33
E
0.7
11
N
28
26
82
0.5
Sa
02
14h
27
34
E
0.7
11
N
28
26
84
0.7
Sa
02
15h
27
35
E
0.7
11
N
28
27
86
0.9
Sa
02
16h
27
35
E
0.7
11
N
28
26
82
0.6
Sa
02
17h
27
36
E
0.7
11
N
28
26
77
0.3
Sa
02
18h
27
36
E
0.7
11
N
28
26
72
0
Sa
02
19h
28
37
E
0.7
11
W
28
26
66
0.1
Sa
02
20h
28
37
E
0.8
11
S
28
26
60
0.1
Sa
02
21h
28
38
E
0.8
11
NE
28
26
54
0.2
Sa
02
22h
29
37
E
0.8
11
NE
28
26
57
0.3

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
03
0h
31
35
E
0.9
11
NE
28
26
63
0.4
Su
03
1h
32
35
E
0.9
11
SE
28
26
59
0.3
Su
03
2h
32
35
E
0.9
11
SW
28
26
54
0.3
Su
03
3h
33
35
E
0.9
11
NW
28
26
74
0.2
Su
03
4h
33
36
E
0.9
10
SW
28
26
59
0.4
Su
03
5h
32
36
E
0.9
10
SE
28
27
68
0.5
Su
03
6h
32
37
E
0.9
10
N
28
28
76
0.7
Su
03
7h
31
37
E
0.9
9
SE
28
27
73
0.6
Su
03
8h
31
37
E
0.8
8
SW
28
26
70
0.6
Su
03
9h
31
37
E
0.8
7
N
28
26
67
0.5
Su
03
10h
30
38
E
0.8
7
N
28
26
71
0.5
Su
03
11h
30
38
E
0.8
7
N
28
26
74
0.5
Su
03
12h
30
39
E
0.8
8
N
28
26
78
0.5
Su
03
13h
31
39
E
0.8
8
SW
28
26
72
0.4
Su
03
14h
32
40
E
0.9
9
SE
28
26
66
0.4
Su
03
15h
33
40
E
0.9
10
N
28
26
59
0.3
Su
03
16h
32
42
E
0.9
10
E
28
26
59
0.2
Su
03
17h
32
44
E
0.8
10
SW
28
26
58
0.1
Su
03
18h
31
46
E
0.8
10
NW
28
26
58
0
Su
03
19h
33
47
E
0.9
10
N
28
26
65
0.2
Su
03
20h
34
48
E
0.9
10
N
28
27
72
0.4
Su
03
21h
36
50
E
1
10
N
28
28
79
0.6
Su
03
22h
36
49
E
1
10
SW
28
27
77
0.4

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
04
0h
35
46
E
1
10
N
28
26
74
0
Mo
04
1h
35
47
E
1
10
N
28
26
65
0.1
Mo
04
2h
36
48
E
1
10
N
28
26
56
0.2
Mo
04
3h
37
48
E
1
10
N
28
26
72
0.3
Mo
04
4h
37
48
E
1
10
N
28
26
55
0.2
Mo
04
5h
38
48
SE
1.1
10
N
28
27
62
0.1
Mo
04
6h
38
48
SE
1.1
10
N
28
28
70
0
Mo
04
7h
37
48
SE
1
10
E
28
27
63
0
Mo
04
8h
35
49
SE
1
10
SW
28
26
57
0
Mo
04
9h
34
49
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
26
51
0
Mo
04
10h
34
50
SE
0.9
10
N
28
26
54
0
Mo
04
11h
34
52
SE
0.9
10
N
28
26
58
0
Mo
04
12h
34
53
SE
0.9
9
N
28
26
61
0
Mo
04
13h
33
52
SE
0.9
9
N
28
26
54
0
Mo
04
14h
32
51
SE
0.8
9
N
28
27
46
0
Mo
04
15h
31
50
SE
0.8
9
N
28
28
39
0
Mo
04
16h
31
51
SE
0.8
9
N
28
27
31
0
Mo
04
17h
31
52
SE
0.8
9
N
28
26
24
0
Mo
04
18h
31
53
SE
0.8
9
N
28
26
16
0
Mo
04
19h
31
52
SE
0.8
9
N
28
26
23
0
Mo
04
20h
31
52
E
0.8
9
N
28
27
31
0
Mo
04
21h
30
52
E
0.8
9
N
28
28
38
0
Mo
04
22h
32
50
E
0.9
9
N
28
27
50
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 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 offshore sites.