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
Today 23/01/2018 60%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms. High 33C. Winds SE at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 60%.
Thunderstorm
Tomorrow 24/01/2018 100%
Thunderstorm
Thunderstorms likely. High around 30C. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 100%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Thursday 25/01/2018 60%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Rain showers in the morning with scattered thunderstorms arriving in the afternoon. High 31C. Winds SE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 60%.
Chance of Rain
Friday 26/01/2018 70%
Chance of Rain
Showers early becoming a steady light rain later in the day. High near 30C. Winds SSE at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 70%.
Chance of Rain
Saturday 27/01/2018 70%
Chance of Rain
Occasional light rain. High around 30C. Winds SE at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 70%.