May 27, 2014 2:33 pm

Turks and Caicos: What would it be like to have a tropical province?

Imagine a Canadian province that doesn't get a single flake of snow.

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TORONTO – Remember last winter? The cold…the snow…the cold…

Turks and Caicos didn’t have any of that.

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What they had was sun. And lots of it.

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Winters in the islands of Turks and Caicos have an average temperature of about 27 C. The low? A paltry 22 C.

Put a minus sign in front of those numbers and you’re looking at the mean temperature of Winnipeg during the month of February (-25.1 C).

In fact, looking back to January 5, when the maximum high in Winnipeg was -30.2 C and the low was -38 C, Providenciales, Turks was experiencing a lovely high of 28 C and a low of 22 C.

So, what could we expect weather-wise with our possible eleventh province?

The average high temperature from November to March is about 27 C. From April through to October, the average high is about 29 C, with the months of June to October being the hottest with temperatures around 31 C.

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Of course, it may sound like a haven, but then there’s that pesky hurricane season to contend with.

The hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. During that time the islands sit right in the path of hurricanes and tropical storms. The devastation can be catastrophic for the low-lying islands.

The path of hurricanes in the Atlantic and Pacific.

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Most of the hurricanes that have hit the islands have occurred at the end of August to the middle of September. According to the tourism site Visit Turks and Caicos Islands, serious hurricanes are rare.

But some may argue that that’s the price of paradise. You take the good with the bad. And really, as Canadians, we’re more likely to visit our eleventh province during those frigid winter months, so we’d likely be spared the problem of dealing with hurricanes. But would it be worth it?

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