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Cairns is the tropical capital of North Queensland, and the weather patterns reflect that. Hot and humid Summers with milder dry Winters is the norm for Cairns.

Winter weather in Cairns is seen by many as the best time to visit - often to escape the southern chill - with wonderfully stunning days and little rainfall. Minimum temperatures in winter are mild compared to other regions, although to locals 10C is seen as ‘cold’. Autumn is a glorious month to visit with average temperatures of 20-30C, some rain but mostly at night and great to explore the Great Barrier Reef or the tropical rain forests. Likewise, Spring is popular with visitors. similar temperatures, balmy evenings and great for outdoor pursuits. read more about the weather in Cairns.

As Cairns is located above the Tropic of Capricorn the weather in Cairns is very tropical. Daily temperatures in winter, June to October are usually between 24 to 28 degrees and summer, November to May in the low to mid thirties. Summer, the wet or 'green' season is more humid and most of the annual rainfall occurs during the summer. Usually falling early morning, late afternoon or during the night. It is always wise to carry an umbrella for those summer downpours that can go as quickly as they come.

 

The majority of Cairn's rainfall occurs during summer between January and March, with average annual rainfall of a whopping 1992mm on an average 154 days, thanks to a monsoon trough.Autumn is a glorious month to visit with average temperatures of 20-30C, some rain but mostly at night and great to explore the Great Barrier Reef or the tropical rain forests. Likewise, Spring is popular with visitors. similar temperatures, balmy evenings and great for outdoor pursuits.

 

The trough brings three to four months of warm to hot, and very humid conditions with the possibility of severe thunderstorms and tropical cyclones.

 

Thankfully for Cairns residents, most of those thunderstorms develop over the inland ranges and rarely threaten the city. Cairns is a tropical city and its climate reflects that with two rather than fourseasons. Wet from from November to May and dry from June to October. And when it rains in Cairns, it rains. Thankfully, Cairns is prepared for the downpour and it soon drains away. But the tropical cyclones can be extremely dangerous with severe weather warnings in place.

 

Tropical Cyclone Larry struck on March 20, 2006, wreaking havoc along the coastal stretch, destroying homes, businesses - and the local banana crop. Wind gusts of up to 300 km/h were recorded around the Cairns region.


In 1977 Cairns experienced four cyclones in one season. Don’t be put off because for most of the year the climate in Cairns is just perfect. Blue skies, warm temperatures and gentle breezes - a tropical paradise.

Temperatures don’t vary too much in the tropics with a typical daytime min/max for Cairns of 23/31C in high summer and 18/26C in winter.

 

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