Cairns weather in October

October is an excellent time to visit Cairns, as it falls during the winter dry season.

You can expect pleasantly warm weather with around nine hours of sunshine daily with occasional rain showers mainly falling at night.

How hot is it in Cairns in October?
Daytime temperatures usually reach 29°C (84°F) in Cairns in October, with moderate heat and humidity, falling to 20°C (68°F) at night.

How sunny is it in Cairns in October?
There are normally nine hours of bright sunshine each day in Cairns in October – that's around 75% of daylight hours.

Sunrise & sunset in October?
Sunrise is around 5:45am with sunset around 6:15pm.

How warm is the sea around Cairns in October?
The average sea temperature around Cairns in October is 26°C (78°F).

Does it rain in Cairns in October?
There are usually six days with some rain in Cairns during October; the average rainfall is 41mm (1.6in).

How windy is it in Cairns in October?
October has an average hourly wind speed of 22 kilometres per hour (14 mph; 12 knots). The predominant wind direction is from the east.

What to do in Cairns in October?
October weather conditions are great for rainforest tours, white-water rafting and are ideal for game fishing and snorkelling or diving the Great Barrier Reef.

It’s also a good time to watch minke and giant humpback whales during their annual migration south.

Note: October sees the start of the so called ‘marine stinger season’. While it is rare for anyone to get badly stung, it’s probably advisable to swim on beaches with swimming enclosures; all beaches in and around Cairns have small, netted enclosures for swimming.

Local holidays?
October sees hotel rates drop slightly as the popular winter high season draws to a close.

Cairns weather in October

Temperature icon High Temp: 29°C (84°F)
temperature icon Low Temp: 20°C (68°F)
sun icon Sunshine: 9 hours per day
Moderately hot icon
Daylight: 12 hours per day
wind icon Wind speed: 22 km/h (14 mph; 12 knots)
rain cloud Rainfall: 41mm (1.6in) per month
umbrella icon Wet Days: 6 days with some rain
Moderate heat icon Comfort Level: Moderate heat & 65% humidity
Moderately hot icon
UV Index: Extreme
swimming icon Sea Temp: 26°C (79°F)
Cairns, Queensland

Best time to visit Cairns

The best time to visit Cairns is during the winter dry season from June to November, when the skies are invariably blue and the days warm and sunny, with a gently breeze.

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Note: Meteorological data for Cairns is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) at the closest weather station, Cairns International Airport (CNS), which is located 7km (4mi) north of Cairns CBD. Additional climate data is sourced from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

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Latest update: Cairns Weather in October: 29 September, 2023

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