We get asked this question all of the time; "What's the weather like in the Turks and Caicos?"
Great question and the hated answer we give is "it depends!"
It depends on:
- The time of day
- The day of week
- The part of the island you're on during any of these times
- The month of the year
Whew! I can tell you that most of the year the weather in the Turks and Caicos is beautiful.
Turks and Caicos Rainfall
The islands get little rainfall during the year, just 33" in an average of 43 days and that's compared to the average 149 days of rainfall in the Caribbean overall. There are 350 days of sunshine during a year which is awesome. April - July has more small showers than other months but most of the rain comes in larger storms during hurricane season.
Turks and Caicos Hurricane Season
The hurricane season is officially July 1-November 30 and most have hit end of August to mid September. The TCI usually receives a minimum of four days warning that a storm may be headed our way, and often as much as two weeks, depending on its actual path and speed. TCI has been hit with hurricanes 5 times since 1960 but we're also affected by tropical storms in between!
1960: Hurricane Donna - September
1985: Hurricane Kate - November
2004: Hurricane Frances - September
2008: Hurricane Hanna - TWICE - September
2008: Hurricane Ike - September
Hurricane Matthew missed Turks and Caicos this past year.
Turks and Caicos Temperatures
The temperatures are lovely. Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 71°F to 89°F and is rarely below 68°F or above 91°F.
Warm season is June 9 - September 30 - Daily high is 87 degrees.
Cool season is December 3 - January 22 - Daily high is 81 degrees.
Water temperature in the summer is 82 to 84 degrees (28-29 degrees celsius) and in winter about 74 to 78 degrees (23-26 degrees celsius). This makes it optimal for enjoying the beautiful sandy beach, then taking a dip, snorkel or dive!
Turks and Caicos Wind
Wind speeds vary from 4 mph to 20 mph, rarely exceeding 29 mph (strong breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 13 mph occurs mid July, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 19 mph.
The windier part of the islands are Long Bay Beach, no wonder it's a kite boarding dream. Chalk Sound (no wonder the restaurant is called "Las Brisas").
So what are you waiting for? Get down here, the Turks and Caicos weather can't be beat!