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The climate of Cairns (Australia)
Cairns is located on the north east coast of Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef can be reached by boat from here. It will take you approximately 90 minutes to get there. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest and most beautiful coral reef in the world and because of this it is the number one attraction in Australia. Daintree National Park is located 104 kilometers north of Cairns. Almost all of this national park is rainforest. The famous Esplanade Boulevard is a main attraction in Cairns. On bright days you can see the Great Barrier Reef from here. Among backpackers Cairns is known for its wild nightlife.
Cairns has a monsoon climate and is the only place in Australia in this climate zone. This type of climate is known for its wet periods alternated by periods of great drought. The monsoon lasts from December to April. From May to November Cairns is very dry. Cairns is the wettest city in Australia. Because of the many rainfall rivers tend to flood frequently. The past years tropical cyclones regularly hit Cairns. Keep in mind that, just like in the rest of Australia, seasons are opposite of ours.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Cairns:

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
January 31 23 7 17 29
February 31 23 6 18 29
March 30 22 6 19 28
April 29 21 6 17 28
May 27 19 6 14 26
June 25 17 7 10 25
July 25 16 7 9 24
August 26 17 8 8 24
September 27 18 8 7 25
October 29 20 9 7 26
November 30 22 8 9 27
December 31 23 8 12 28
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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