Great Barrier Reef Weather

Great Barrier Reef Weather

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

Cairns

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

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 a Thunderstorm
Thursday 23/03/2017 30%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Partly cloudy. Low 24C.
Thunderstorm
Tomorrow 24/03/2017 80%
Thunderstorm
Isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High 32C. Winds SE at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 80%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Saturday 25/03/2017 50%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Mostly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 34C. Winds SSE at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 50%.
Rain
Sunday 26/03/2017 90%
Rain
Rain. High 31C. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near 12mm.
Thunderstorm
Monday 27/03/2017 80%
Thunderstorm
Showers and thunderstorms. High 31C. Winds NW at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 80%.