is tropical monsoonal climate in Cairns Australia.
It is similar
to the climate
in the whole Cape York (which
I explained a bit further on the northern
page), except it rains more in Cairns.
As opposed to the places in southern parts of Australia, up here we
have two seasons - the
Wet (when it is summer in southern Australia and winter in
the Northern Hemisphere), and the
it is winter in southern
Australia and summer in the Northern Hemisphere).
season has sunny weather,
temperatures (usually about 20-25 degrees Celsius) -
But this does not mean
that it never rains.
We can still
get a bit of rain, and actually in later years it has increased to the
point where we really
don't have a proper Dry season anymore.
(As elsewhere in
the world, the climate
has changed lately and it is not impossible that it is due to
season has at least two distinctive stages in it - the
Early Wet, and the Late Wet.
Early Wet - Heat and Thunderstorms
Wet stats gradually some time in November, and is also known
as the "Troppo" Season
(meaning people go crazy from the tropical heat).
It is the build-up to
the 'real' Wet, and the temperatures gradually increase
through 30s into the 40s,
and in combination with the tropical
humidity (southern Australia can also get such summer
temperatures but not for as long periods as up here, and they don't
have the humidity) create a weather that sends everyone mad.
builds up from the mornings
until about midday,
when it is so hot that it creates huge thunderstorms, so the afternoons see
lightening, thundering and heavy
Early wet season tropical strom,
Cairns Northern Beaches.
This cools the temperature down, so by the evening the storms
calm down, the skies go
clear, and the following morning the sun is out, heats the
weather up again, and everything repeats itself.
or the 'Proper' Wet - Cool Temperatures and Monsoonal Rains
January (can occasionally vary from December to February)
this changes when the real
moonsoon season starts.
between the north and the south of the Equator. When we have the Dry
season, they are up in South East Asia, and when we have the Wet Season
come down here.
When those rains roll in,
you know that the Wet Season indeed has a very appropriate name.
It is not hot anymore,
but it definitely is wet.
It is raining a lot, and when it's not, the skies are still
There is no sun to heat
up the weather, and no thunderstorms. There may be some
brighter days in between, but in most days it is raining.
Late wet season rain just south of Cairns.
Only one thing can bring some change and that's when a tropical
cyclone comes along.
Cairns has had many
over the years,
and while the last bigger ones were
(March 2006) and Cyclone
Yasi (February 2011, both category 5), we had Cyclone Ita last
year (2014), and there are many smaller cyclones many times a year.
They may not cause just as much damage and news headlines, but they are
still violent wind systems that are potentially dangerous.
The big ones cause quite
a damage not only to buildings and private property, but
they also change the look of the whole landscape and our tropical
need to have a look
at the photos of tropical rainforest south of Cairns before and after
Temperature and Rainfall
Month by Month
Here are the average
temperatures in Cairns in Celcius:
Here is the average
rainfall in Cairns in millimetres:
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