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Cairns (16.9254°S, 145.7752°E, 3m AMSL) set as my default location ›

  1. My MLA

  2. Current condition

    TODAY
    Mostly sunny 20° 30°
    mostly sunny
    Chance of rain: 10%
    Likely amount: < 1mm
    First
    light
    Sunrise Sunset Last light
    Sunrise Sunset
    5:47am EST 6:08am EST 6:13pm EST 6:34pm EST
    NOW
    25.0° Feels Like: 25.2°
    Relative Humidity: 72%
    Dew: 19.6°
    Wind: E 17km/h
    Gust: 26km/h
    Rainfall since 9am: 0.0mm
    Pressure:  
  3. Today Weather

    Cairns
    Now
    25.7°c
    Feels Like:
    26.1°
    Wind:
    E 15km/h
    Gusts:
    20km/h
    Humidity:
    67%
    Mostly sunny
     
    20°
    Min
    30°
    Max
    Today in Cairns
    Partly cloudy. Winds E 15 to 25 km/h.
    Tomorrow
    Mostly sunny
    21°
    Min
    31°
    Max
    Mostly sunny. Winds E 15 to 20 km/h becoming light early in the morning then becoming E 15 to 25 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 15 and 20 with daytime temperatures reaching 26 to 34.
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  6. Warnings

    There are no current warnings for Cairns

  7. Next 48 Hours


    Next 48 Hours


  8. 7 day forecast

    Today: Partly cloudy. Winds E 15 to 25 km/h.

    Forecast for Cairns (16.9254°S, 145.7752°E, 3m AMSL)
      Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    Summary Mostly sunny Mostly sunny Mostly sunny Mostly sunny Mostly sunny Mostly sunny Mostly sunny
    Minimum 20° 21° 21° 21° 19° 20° 20°
    Maximum 30° 31° 30° 30° 30° 30° 31°
    Chance of rain 10% 20% 40% 5% 20% 5% 20%
    Likely amount < 1mm < 1mm < 1mm < 1mm < 1mm < 1mm < 1mm
    UV index Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme Extreme - -
    Frost risk Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil
      9am 3pm 9am 3pm 9am 3pm 9am 3pm 9am 3pm 9am 3pm 9am 3pm
    Wind speed 15
    (km/h)
    19
    (km/h)
    11
    (km/h)
    23
    (km/h)
    11
    (km/h)
    19
    (km/h)
    12
    (km/h)
    21
    (km/h)
    10
    (km/h)
    22
    (km/h)
    12
    (km/h)
    21
    (km/h)
    8
    (km/h)
    19
    (km/h)
    Wind direction SSE ESE SSE ESE SE ESE SE ESE SSE ESE SE ESE SE ESE
    Relative humidity 71% 59% 69% 59% 76% 63% 72% 56% 69% 58% 69% 55% 67% 58%
    Dew point 19°C 20°C 20°C 20°C 21°C 21°C 20°C 19°C 19°C 20°C 19°C 19°C 19°C 20°C
  9. 28 Day Rainfall forecast

    Cairns Rain Forecast


    Cairns 28-day Rainfall Forecast
    SUN
    MON
    TUE
    WED
    THU
    FRI
    SAT
    20
    21
    22
    LOW
    23
    24
    25
    26
    27
    28
    29
    30
    Oct 1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    LOW
    6
    7
    8
    9
    LOW
    10
    11
    12
    13
    LOW
    14
    LOW
    15
    16
    17
    18
    CHANCE OF RAINFALL WITHIN DISTRICT
    NIL < 25%
    LOW 25% to 50%
    MEDIUM 50% to 75%
    HIGH ≥ 75%
    Issued Sep20

    Issue Notes

    The hemispheric long wave pattern has remained stable in recent weeks. There are four main troughs. Currently the most significant troughs are near the longitudes of South Africa, the Indian Ocean, and eastern Australia.

    Summary:

    Over southern and eastern Australia the cold front events with potential to bring widespread rain are now expected about 29 September to 3 October, 19 October to 23 October, and 24 October to 28 October. Rain events originating in the tropics and moving south are possible about 27 September to 1 October, 1 October to 5 October, and 15 October to 19 October. Over Western Australia the strongest cold fronts should occur about 30 September to 4 October, 18 October to 22 October, and 24 October to 28 October.

    Forecast Explanation

    This forecast is produced by a multi-model ensemble consisting of dynamical atmospheric models, which are forced by the latest observed atmosphere, ocean, land and ice conditions. The models are designed to simulate features of the real atmosphere, including the daily movement of long and short wave patterns in the Southern Hemisphere.

    The future probability of rain in each district is estimated using output from the multi-model ensemble, combined with historical information about the difference between the model forecasts and observed rainfall.

    In this deterministic framework the skill of the forecast tends to decrease with time, however the forecasts are updated daily to provide the latest estimates of rainfall probability out to 28 days.

  10. 12 Month Rainfall Forecast

    Cairns Rain Forecast


    Cairns 12-month Rainfall Forecast
    Sep
    Oct
    Nov
    Dec
    Jan
    Feb
    Mar
    Apr
    May
    Jun
    Jul
    Aug
    2020
    2021
    8
    8
    8
    6
    6
    5
    6
    7
    4
    5
    7
    7
    10
    5
    0
    1
    2 - 3
    4 - 7
    8 - 9
    10
    Well below normal
    Below normal
    Near normal
    Above normal
    Well above normal

    Issue Notes - Issued Sep 9

    ENSO status: La Niña Alert IOD status: Negative SAM status: Negative trending positive Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the equatorial central Pacific have continued to cool through August, with the Nino3.4 index registering a value of -0.5. The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) recorded a value of 9.8 in the same month, a significant increase compared to July, tipping over the La Niña threshold of +7. The current outlook suggests that cooler than average SSTs will continue across the equatorial pacific during the Austral spring, with a high chance of a weak La Niña forming. All eight international models continue to suggest further cooling during spring, with three of these indicating La Niña conditions in September. A further two exceeding the La Niña threshold in October, with six of the eight indicating La Niña by November. The current International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) outlook suggests a 57:41 chance for La Niña:Neutral conditions by the end of the Australspring. To the west of Australia, the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) has shifted into a negative phase. Four of the six international models indicate a negative IOD to be sustained for the duration of the Austral spring, with the remaining two indicating a neutral phase. Both of the models that indicate a neutral phase trend towards the negative side of neutral. In terms of precipitation over Australia, the current short term outlook favours above average rainfall over the interior over the remainder of the first month of spring, particularly eastern WA and the Kimberley, western NT and western SA Above average rainfall is also favoured, although not as pronounced, over inland NSW and QLD and parts of the NSW and VIC coastal area. Drier than average conditions are expected across western WA as well as parts of northern coastal QLD and parts of the southeast. The remainder of spring is then likely to be wetter than average for NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, TAS, the NT and eastern WA, whilst drier than averageconditions look to persist further west. There are then indications of increased rainfall over WA toward the end of spring and into early summer, with the eastern two thirds of the country remaining wetter than average.

  11. Long range rainfall forecast

    Cairns Rain Forecast


    Cairns 28-day Rainfall Forecast
    SUN
    MON
    TUE
    WED
    THU
    FRI
    SAT
    20
    21
    22
    LOW
    23
    24
    25
    26
    27
    28
    29
    30
    Oct 1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    LOW
    6
    7
    8
    9
    LOW
    10
    11
    12
    13
    LOW
    14
    LOW
    15
    16
    17
    18
    CHANCE OF RAINFALL WITHIN DISTRICT
    NIL < 25%
    LOW 25% to 50%
    MEDIUM 50% to 75%
    HIGH ≥ 75%
    Issued Sep20

    Issue Notes

    The hemispheric long wave pattern has remained stable in recent weeks. There are four main troughs. Currently the most significant troughs are near the longitudes of South Africa, the Indian Ocean, and eastern Australia.

    Summary:

    Over southern and eastern Australia the cold front events with potential to bring widespread rain are now expected about 29 September to 3 October, 19 October to 23 October, and 24 October to 28 October. Rain events originating in the tropics and moving south are possible about 27 September to 1 October, 1 October to 5 October, and 15 October to 19 October. Over Western Australia the strongest cold fronts should occur about 30 September to 4 October, 18 October to 22 October, and 24 October to 28 October.

    Forecast Explanation

    This forecast is produced by a multi-model ensemble consisting of dynamical atmospheric models, which are forced by the latest observed atmosphere, ocean, land and ice conditions. The models are designed to simulate features of the real atmosphere, including the daily movement of long and short wave patterns in the Southern Hemisphere.

    The future probability of rain in each district is estimated using output from the multi-model ensemble, combined with historical information about the difference between the model forecasts and observed rainfall.

    In this deterministic framework the skill of the forecast tends to decrease with time, however the forecasts are updated daily to provide the latest estimates of rainfall probability out to 28 days.

  12. Popup - Daily historical

  13. Past 5 Days

    Cairns Past 5 Days

    This Month
    Minimum Maximum Rainfall
    Wednesday
    Sep 16
    19.7 °C 28.0 °C
    5.0 mm
    Thursday
    Sep 17
    21.5 °C 24.5 °C
    6.0 mm
    Friday
    Sep 18
    22.6 °C 27.6 °C
    17.6 mm
    Saturday
    Sep 19
    21.6 °C 27.8 °C
    0.6 mm
    Sunday
    Sep 20
    19.4 °C 29.4 °C
    0.2 mm
    Legend
  14. Almanac

    Almanac


    Cairns minimum temp history (16.9254°S, 145.7752°E, 3m AMSL)
    MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE
    Hottest this month 30.2° 03/09/2020 Coldest this month 18.0° 11/09/2020
    Hottest on record 33.9 07/09/1976 Coldest on record 11.1 03/09/1948
    Hottest this year 40.0° 15/02/2020 Coldest this year 9.5° 17/07/2020
    Long term average 28.1° Long term average 18.7°
    Average this month 28.2° Average this month 20.2°
    Hottest September On Record Avg. max. temp. 30.0° 2009 Coldest September on record Avg. min. temp. 16.0° 1948
    Cairns rainfall history (16.9254°S, 145.7752°E, 3m AMSL)
    RAINFALL
    Wettest This Month 14.2mm 14/09/2020 Total This Month 58.6mm
    14.0 days
    Long Term Average 33.3mm 7.6 days Wettest September on record 103.2mm 1951
    Driest on record 0.0mm 1948
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    Weather Radar for QLD

  16. Year to Date

    Cairns Year To Date

    Average Rainfall To Sep 1678.1mm 122.4 day(s)
    Total For 2020 1304.8mm 126.0 day(s)
    Total To This Day 2019 1897.0mm 130.0 day(s)
    Wettest Day 207.6mm Jan29
    Lowest Temperature 9.5°C Jul17
    Highest Temperature 40.0°C Feb15
  17. Popup - Monthly historical

  18. Climatology

    Climate History

    Cairns Climatology

    Long-Term Averages
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Ann
    Mean Max (°C) 31.5 31.2 30.6 29.3 27.7 26.0 25.8 26.6 28.1 29.5 30.7 31.5 29.0
    Mean Min (°C) 23.7 23.8 23.1 21.7 19.9 17.9 17.1 17.4 18.7 20.6 22.3 23.4 20.8
    Mean Rain (mm) 390.2 447.1 415.5 196.0 91.5 47.7 29.9 26.9 33.3 47.4 92.7 176.7 2000.2
    Mean Rain Days 18.5 18.8 19.2 17.7 13.8 9.9 9.0 7.9 7.6 8.4 10.5 13.9 152.8