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Best time to visit Cairns

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

Cairns Weather

Cairns experiences a tropical monsoon climate year round, with two seasons: hot and wet from November to May, and warm and dry from June to October, with little rainfall.

Average high temperatures reach 31°C in February and 26°C in July.

During the wet summer season, you can expect hot sunny days interspersed with torrential downpours. Tropical cyclones typically inundate coastal regions each year between December and April.

The wet summer season also brings poisonous box jellyfish to the regions beaches.

Seasons

High season: December to February, especially during the summer school holidays from 26 December to the end of January.

Major public holidays including Easter when everyone seems to be on the move and everything from airline seats, hotels, restaurants and petrol prices are at their highest.

The winter months of June, July and August are the busiest periods for travel in Northern Queensland.

Low Season: Summer, from November to March, when it can be uncomfortably hot, wet and humid.

Cairns – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 27 27 26 25 23 21 21 22 23 25 26 27
Ave High Temp (°C) 31 31 30 29 27 26 26 26 28 29 30 31
Ave Low Temp (°C) 23 23 23 22 20 18 17 17 19 20 22 23
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 8 8 9 8 8
Daylight (Hrs daily) 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 13 13 13
Comfort Level High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon
Ave Humidity (%) 80 80 80 80 80 75 75 70 70 70 75 75
UV Index 11 11 11 11 8 7 7 9 11 11 11 11
Days with some Rain 18 19 19 17 14 9 8 8 7 8 10 12
Ave Rainfall (mm) 395 450 424 195 91 45 30 26 33 46 95 177
Sea Temp (°C) 29 29 29 27 26 25 24 24 25 26 27 28
(Cairns, QLD) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Cairns – Monthly Review

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Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia.

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Latest update: Best time to visit Cairns: 18 November, 2018


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