Great Barrier Reef Weather

Weather & climate information for each main reef destination.
Great Barrier Reef Weather

Live weather and forecasts of the Great Barrier Reef’s main regions

Cairns Weather & Climate

Cairns typically tropical, island-esque climate makes for a reasonably pleasant environment to holiday in for most parts of the year, with the weather rarely approaching what anyone would label truly “cold”. The warm, monsoon type climate produces an often-humid climate and an extended wet seasons that usually runs from November to May – and in spite of Cairns’ popular images of sunshine and blue waters, it is actually one of the wettest areas in all of Australia. Fortunately its convenient coastal location provides a semblance of balance, with sea breezes helping to relieve some of the humidity in the hotter seasons while providing an exciting and energetic gateway to many of the top drawcards in the Great Barrier Reef region.

Port Douglas Weather & Climate

In terms of weather, Port Douglas is mostly hot with clear enough skies to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef’s natural features in all their glory. Occasional thunderstorms or even cyclones may pop up to put a literal “damper” on proceedings, but the thunderstorms in particular do not tend to occur until the late afternoon/early evening meaning you can typically still fit in a day’s worth of entertainment before the rains come. Due to its northerly location (it’s even further north up the Queensland east coast than Cairns), Port Douglas also has a stereotypical “tropical” climate with semi-cool, dry winters along with hot, wet summers.
Chance of Rain
Today 20/01/2019 70%
Chance of Rain
Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High near 30C. Winds SE at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 60%.
Chance of Rain
Tomorrow 21/01/2019 50%
Chance of Rain
Overcast with rain showers at times. High 29C. Winds SE at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 50%.
Chance of Rain
Tuesday 22/01/2019 40%
Chance of Rain
Cloudy skies early. A few showers developing later in the day. High near 30C. Winds SE at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.
Rain
Wednesday 23/01/2019 90%
Rain
Showers early, becoming a steady rain later in the day. High around 30C. Winds SE at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around 6mm.
Chance of Rain
Thursday 24/01/2019 80%
Chance of Rain
Showers and thundershowers likely. High 29C. Winds SE at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 80%.