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Temperature: Wind: Waves: Other Units:

Today

28
°C
Slightly cloudy
29°C
28°C
26°C
0mm
58%
72%
27°C
0
1017mB

Hourly Forecast

Temperature (°C)
Feels Like (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Rain (mm)
Humidity (%)
Clouds (%)
UV Index
0h
28
30
27
0
71
48
0
1h
28
30
27
0
71
49
0
2h
28
30
27
0
71
50
0
3h
28
30
27
0
71
51
0
4h
28
30
27
0
72
53
0
5h
28
30
27
0
72
56
0
6h
28
29
27
0
72
58
0
7h
28
29
27
0
72
51
0.6
8h
28
29
27
0
71
43
1.7
9h
28
29
27
0
71
36
3.1
10h
27
28
28
0
70
28
4.8
11h
26
27
28
0
69
20
6.8
12h
26
26
27
0
68
12
9.1
13h
26
27
27
0
68
13
8.9
14h
27
28
26
0
68
13
7.3
15h
27
28
27
0
69
13
5.7
16h
27
29
26
0
70
23
3.7
17h
28
29
26
0
72
33
2
18h
28
30
27
0
74
42
0.6
19h
28
30
26
0
73
47
0
20h
28
29
26
0
73
51
0
21h
28
29
27
0
73
55
0
22h
28
30
26
0
74
57
0
23h
28
30
26
0
75
59
0

Week Weather Forecast

Monday
28°C
A few clouds
Tuesday
28°C
A few clouds
Wednesday
28°C
A few clouds
Thursday
28°C
A few clouds
Friday
28°C
A few clouds
Saturday
28°C
A few clouds

Wind, Waves and Tide Forecast

Today

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
2h
36
42
E
1
15
N
28
27
50
0
Su
24
5h
34
42
E
0.9
15
N
28
27
56
0
Su
24
8h
33
45
SE
0.9
14
N
28
27
43
0
Su
24
11h
35
55
SE
1
14
N
26
28
20
0
Su
24
14h
35
55
E
0.9
14
N
27
26
13
0
Su
24
17h
34
46
SE
1
11
S
28
26
33
0
Su
24
20h
31
43
E
0.9
12
W
28
26
51
0
Su
24
23h
31
41
E
0.9
14
N
28
26
59
0
Mo
25
2h
34
40
E
1
14
N
28
27
64
0
Mo
25
5h
33
40
E
0.9
14
N
28
28
65
0
Mo
25
8h
33
40
E
0.9
14
N
28
27
67
0
Mo
25
11h
33
39
E
0.9
14
N
28
27
64
0
Mo
25
14h
33
42
SE
0.9
14
N
27
27
26
0
Mo
25
17h
31
37
SE
0.8
14
N
28
27
15
0
Mo
25
20h
29
36
SE
0.8
13
N
28
26
43
0
Mo
25
23h
28
34
E
0.7
13
N
28
26
70
0
Tu
26
2h
28
30
E
0.7
13
N
28
26
70
0
Tu
26
5h
29
36
SE
0.8
13
N
28
27
53
0
Tu
26
8h
28
44
SE
0.7
13
N
28
27
50
0
Tu
26
11h
28
44
SE
0.7
13
N
28
26
56
0
Tu
26
14h
27
46
SE
0.6
13
N
28
26
55
0
Tu
26
17h
22
39
S
0.5
10
N
28
27
44
0
Tu
26
20h
15
26
SE
0.3
8
N
28
27
42
0
Tu
26
23h
16
28
SE
1
8
SE
28
27
47
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
2h
18
35
S
1.1
8
NE
28
26
37
0
We
27
5h
18
36
S
0.9
8
NE
28
26
27
0
We
27
8h
18
26
S
0.9
8
NE
27
26
22
0
We
27
11h
16
25
S
0.9
8
NE
27
26
23
0
We
27
14h
15
28
S
0.8
8
NE
28
26
28
0
We
27
17h
13
30
SW
0.8
8
NE
28
26
23
0
We
27
20h
12
19
W
0.8
8
NE
28
27
32
0
We
27
23h
4
13
W
0.8
8
NE
28
28
34
0
Th
28
2h
4
11
S
0.7
8
NE
28
26
24
0
Th
28
5h
13
24
SE
0.8
8
NE
28
27
27
0
Th
28
8h
15
23
SE
0.7
8
NE
28
27
32
0
Th
28
11h
15
19
SE
0.9
8
NE
28
27
30
0
Th
28
14h
19
29
SE
0.9
8
NE
28
27
26
0
Th
28
17h
20
25
SE
0.9
8
NE
28
28
22
0
Th
28
20h
17
24
SE
0.8
6
E
28
27
25
0
Th
28
23h
16
24
SE
0.9
7
E
28
26
43
0
Fr
29
2h
20
34
SE
0.8
8
SW
28
26
47
0
Fr
29
5h
22
38
SE
0.7
8
NW
28
27
44
0
Fr
29
8h
22
28
SE
0.7
8
SE
28
28
36
0
Fr
29
11h
24
35
SE
0.7
7
SW
28
27
31
0
Fr
29
14h
26
40
SE
0.8
7
NW
28
27
28
0
Fr
29
17h
24
44
SE
0.9
8
NW
28
27
20
0
Fr
29
20h
22
31
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
27
18
0
Fr
29
23h
20
23
SE
0.8
11
NW
28
27
55
0

Sun

0
%
No Sun
06:43
12:28
18:12
05:29
05:55
06:21
19:28
19:01
18:35
Sunrise
Sunset
Mon 25
06:44
18:12
Tue 26
06:44
18:11
Wed 27
06:45
18:10
Thu 28
06:45
18:10
Fri 29
06:46
18:09
Sat 30
06:46
18:09
Sun 31
06:47
18:08
Mon 1
06:47
18:08
Tue 2
06:48
18:07
Wed 3
06:48
18:06
Thu 4
06:49
18:06

Moon

75
%
Waning Gibbous
21:05
10:04
Taurus
Last Quarter Oct 27
New Moon Nov 4
First Quarter Nov 12
Full Moon Nov 19

Turks and Caicos Weather and Climate

beautiful day at the Bight Beach in the Turks and Caicos
A beautiful day at the Bight Beach, Providenciales.

The archipelago nation of the Turks and Caicos typically experiences excellent vacation weather, with sunny days, very little rain, and a refreshing trade wind breeze.

Heavy rains, winds, and cloud cover in the islands are the exception rather than the norm, and are typically associated with passing fronts and regional disturbances.

During normal conditions, weather forecasts may show a little rain, yet such showers are often quite brief, localized, and usually won’t impact vacations, as the sun returns in minutes. Many guests worry about the forecast, but shouldn’t.

About 8-10 times per year, extended periods of rain and heavy cloud cover may occur for a few days. Such weather can dampen a visit to our Beautiful by Nature country, yet it’s important to differentiate these fronts from normal conditions when reading forecasts and planning your vacation.

Climate Across the Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos is a relatively small country, and the distance between the western-most land ( West Caicos), and the eastern-most ( Martin Pinzon Cay) is less than 100 miles (160km), so the weather conditions are generally similar across our archipelago on any given day.

The greatest difference in localized conditions are the later afternoon cloud cover and light rainfall that sometimes occurs over North Caicos, parts of Providenciales, and on Parrot Cay and Pine Cay. These conditions are created by the extensive marine wetlands that are found on the southern coasts of the central Caicos Islands. As the morning and mid-day sun heats the saline tundra, the surrounding hot air rises and condenses moisture in the atmosphere into rain.

This localized rainfall tends to be brief, with showers of under 10 minutes being the norm.

What Does the Forecast Really Mean?

When planning your vacation (and for the peace of mind!), it’s important to understand how the weather forecast relates to actual conditions on our islands.

Rain and Clouds

As a small archipelago that’s exposed to the open Atlantic, the Turks and Caicos often experiences rapid changes in the weather. It may be disappointing to see a forecast for rain during your stay, but the truth is that showers are often brief and localized. In the case of the island of Providenciales, the typical projection for rain often coincides with a very short duration drizzle at either the eastern Leeward area, or at the remote wetlands at the west coast.

Some weather forecast websites display a percentage for precipitation or rainfall. This is based off the chance of any rainfall for the given period of time. More often than not, low percentage numbers are experienced as barely noticeable rainfall. Likewise, an icon of rainy clouds is based off the same metric.

great weather at Sapodilla Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos
Calm conditions at Sapodilla Bay Beach, Providenciales.

Our different islands see a slight variance in rainfall patterns. North Caicos, Middle Caicos, Parrot Cay and Pine Cay collect the most rain. Providenciales, South Caicos and East Caicos follow next, and due to their isolated location upwind on the far eastern side of the Turks and Caicos subterranean plateau, Grand Turk and Salt Cay see the least.

Occasionally, (we’d estimate once every month or two), the country does experience a heavy rainfall that may last for a few hours, however, the majority of the annual rainfall is brought by one or two passing tropical cyclones during the summer Atlantic hurricane season.

Unless the forecast shows heavy rainfall throughout the entire day, our advice is to not worry and enjoy your vacation. As our stunted and low-height vegetation can attest to, the Turks and Caicos receives some of the lowest rainfalls of any Caribbean nation.

Ocean Water Temperature

Generally, the water temperature at the beach will be higher than what predictions show due to localized heating by the sun.

Our different coasts are affected to varying degrees. Areas that see limited water movement, such as Taylor Bay Beach and Sapodilla Bay Beach, will typically be much warmer than coasts that are either exposed to deep water or have natural tidal movement, such as Grace Bay and Malcolm's Road Beach.

Those venturing farther from shore, such as scuba divers and snorkelers on a boat cruise, are more likely to experience cooler ocean water.

What to Do if the Weather’s Bad

storm clouds over Water Cay and Little Water Cay
Approaching storm over Water Cay.

If you’re in the Turks and Caicos and the weather simply isn’t agreeing, consider taking a day trip to one of our outer islands where conditions may be better or visit one of our historical sights or natural attractions.

Unless a serious storm is blowing, it’s typically possible to find a beach that’s sheltered. Generally, the coast on the opposite side of the island (the leeward side) from where the wind is coming from will have the smoothest conditions.

For example, if the north coast beaches of Grace Bay Beach, Leeward Beach and the Bight Beach are rough, the south coasts of Long Bay Beach, Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay will often be calm.