spectacular beach and water at Half Moon Bay and Little Water Cay The spectacular beach at Half Moon Bay, Little Water Cay.

Turks and Caicos Weather and Astronomy

Temperature: Wind: Waves: Other Units:

Today

26
°C
A slight drizzle
27°C
26°C
26°C
0.9mm
44%
80%
31°C
0
1020mB

Hourly Forecast

Temperature (°C)
Feels Like (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Rain (mm)
Humidity (%)
Clouds (%)
UV Index
0h
26
27
31
0.9
80
44
0
1h
26
27
31
0.7
80
46
0
2h
26
27
31
0.4
80
48
0
3h
26
27
31
0.2
80
50
0
4h
26
27
31
0.4
80
51
0
5h
26
27
31
0.6
80
52
0
6h
26
27
31
0.8
81
53
0.1
7h
26
27
31
0.7
81
54
0.9
8h
26
27
31
0.6
81
54
1.8
9h
26
27
31
0.5
82
54
2.6
10h
26
27
31
0.6
82
58
3.1
11h
26
27
31
0.7
82
61
3.6
12h
26
27
31
0.8
82
64
4
13h
26
27
31
0.6
82
68
3
14h
26
27
31
0.3
81
72
2.1
15h
26
27
31
0.1
81
76
1.4
16h
26
27
31
0.1
81
67
1.3
17h
26
27
31
0.1
81
57
0.9
18h
26
27
31
0.1
81
48
0.2
19h
26
27
31
0.1
81
52
0
20h
26
27
31
0.1
81
56
0
21h
26
27
31
0.1
81
60
0
22h
26
27
31
0.1
81
55
0
23h
26
27
31
0.2
82
50
0

Week Weather Forecast

Saturday
26°C
A few clouds
Sunday
26°C
A few clouds
Monday
26°C
A few clouds
Tuesday
25°C
Sunny as usual
Wednesday
25°C
A slight drizzle
Thursday
26°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)
Fr
22
2h
34
47
E
0.2
9
NE
26
31
48
0.4
Fr
22
5h
35
49
E
0.2
9
NE
26
31
52
0.6
Fr
22
8h
38
53
E
0.2
9
NE
26
31
54
0.6
Fr
22
11h
37
52
E
0.2
8
NE
26
31
61
0.7
Fr
22
14h
37
51
E
0.3
8
NE
26
31
72
0.3
Fr
22
17h
37
53
E
0.3
9
NE
26
31
57
0.1
Fr
22
20h
37
52
E
0.2
10
NE
26
31
56
0.1
Fr
22
23h
36
50
E
0.2
10
NE
26
31
50
0.2
Sa
23
2h
35
48
E
0.2
10
NE
25
31
34
0.1
Sa
23
5h
36
48
E
0.2
9
NE
25
31
43
0.2
Sa
23
8h
37
50
E
0.3
9
NE
26
31
40
0.1
Sa
23
11h
35
49
E
0.3
9
NE
26
31
31
0.1
Sa
23
14h
34
48
E
0.3
10
NE
26
31
29
0.1
Sa
23
17h
36
50
E
0.3
10
NE
26
31
30
0.1
Sa
23
20h
38
53
E
0.2
9
NE
26
31
41
0
Sa
23
23h
38
52
E
0.3
8
NE
26
31
39
0
Su
24
2h
36
49
E
0.3
8
NE
25
31
46
0.1
Su
24
5h
36
50
E
0.3
8
NE
26
31
56
0
Su
24
8h
37
51
E
0.3
8
NE
26
31
64
0.1
Su
24
11h
35
48
E
0.3
8
NE
26
31
55
0
Su
24
14h
32
44
E
0.3
8
NE
26
31
32
0.1
Su
24
17h
31
42
E
0.2
10
NE
26
31
35
0
Su
24
20h
31
42
E
0.2
11
NE
25
31
46
0
Su
24
23h
30
41
E
0.2
9
NE
25
31
68
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
2h
28
39
E
0.3
9
NE
25
31
86
0.1
Mo
25
5h
28
38
E
0.2
9
NE
25
31
87
0.1
Mo
25
8h
27
37
SE
0.2
9
NE
26
31
41
0
Mo
25
11h
23
32
E
0.2
9
NE
26
31
57
0
Mo
25
14h
23
31
E
0.2
9
NE
26
31
49
0.1
Mo
25
17h
28
38
E
0.2
9
NE
26
31
40
0.4
Mo
25
20h
31
43
E
0.2
9
NE
26
31
25
0.2
Mo
25
23h
32
44
E
0.3
9
NE
25
31
12
0
Tu
26
2h
33
45
E
0.3
9
NE
25
31
29
0
Tu
26
5h
34
46
E
0.4
9
NE
25
31
39
0
Tu
26
8h
35
47
E
0.4
8
NE
25
31
43
0
Tu
26
11h
34
46
E
0.4
12
NE
25
31
21
0
Tu
26
14h
35
47
E
0.4
13
NE
25
31
17
0
Tu
26
17h
37
50
E
0.4
12
NE
25
31
17
0
Tu
26
20h
39
52
E
0.4
12
NE
25
31
16
0
Tu
26
23h
39
51
E
0.3
12
NE
25
31
48
0
We
27
2h
37
49
E
-665.9
-662
N
25
31
44
0
We
27
5h
37
50
E
-999
-999
N
25
31
62
0.1
We
27
8h
37
50
E
-999
-999
N
25
31
82
0.1
We
27
11h
37
50
E
-999
-999
N
26
31
54
0.4
We
27
14h
39
53
E
-999
-999
N
26
31
46
0.6
We
27
17h
41
56
E
-999
-999
N
26
31
65
0.2
We
27
20h
43
58
E
-999
-999
N
26
31
65
0
We
27
23h
41
57
E
-999
-999
N
26
31
59
0

Sun

0
%
No Sun
06:15
12:02
17:50
05:00
05:26
05:52
19:04
18:38
18:12
Sunrise
Sunset
Sat 23
06:14
17:50
Sun 24
06:13
17:50
Mon 25
06:12
17:51
Tue 26
06:12
17:51
Wed 27
06:11
17:52
Thu 28
06:10
17:52
Fri 1
06:09
17:53
Sat 2
06:09
17:53
Sun 3
06:08
17:53
Mon 4
06:07
17:54
Tue 5
06:06
17:54

Moon

80
%
Waning Gibbous
21:13
08:38
Virgo
Last Quarter Feb 26
New Moon Mar 5
First Quarter Mar 13
First Quarter Mar 14

Climate Across the Turks and Caicos

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

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 localised 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 localised rainfall tends to be brief in duration, 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 on 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.

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