The Cairns region is characterised by two seasons – the wet summer season, which begins around November and ends around May, and the dry winter season. Being a monsoonal climate, most rainfall occurs between January and March. The cyclone season is normally confined to December and April.
Typical daytime temperatures range from 14C to 26C (52-78F) in mid-winter/dry season and 24C to 33C (75-91F) in mid-summer/ wet season.
Today's weather and forecast for the next three days is available at the bottom of this page.
Cyclone and flooding
The monsoon climate can generate heavy rainfall and flooding and less frequently, cyclones.
Residents and visitors to Cairns are urged to Plan. Pack. Listen. to be best prepared for any natural emergency.
Please be aware that evacuation advice is based on storm surge - when weather conditions create larger than normal tides causing water to inundate low-lying areas - not wind. Council's cyclone shelters are open to people living in inundation areas.
Shelters can be used by visitors who have no where else to go. Consult your accommodation provider who should have a cyclone plan covering guests.
The Dangerous Marine Stinger season typically runs from November to May (subject to seasonal variability). Council-patrolled beaches include "stinger" nets but be aware that juvenile jellyfish may be small enough to get through the nets. It is always advisable to wear a stinger suit when swimming in the ocean.
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Today's weather and 3-day forecast
QLD Coastal wind warning issued at 3:50pm ESTIssued: Tuesday at 3:50pm EST
Description: Coastal wind warning
Summary: Strong Wind Warning for Peninsula, Cooktown & Cairns coasts. Cancellation for SE Gulf of Carpentaria, Townsville Coast & Mackay Coast
Current weather for Cairns at 10:00pm ESTTemperature: 19.6°C
Feels like: 19.3°C
Dew point: 15.7°C
Relative humidity: 78%
Wind: S at 11 km/h, gusting to 15 km/h
Rain: 0.0mm since 9am
Cairns weather forecastWednesday
18°C - 26°C
17°C - 26°C
15°C - 27°C
17°C - 27°C