Cairns Sea Temperature

Looking to find out what the sea water temperature in Cairns is for today and the next few days? Below are data and charts that will give you information about sea temperatures in Cairns and nearby locations.

Water temperature in Cairns right now

Below is the current sea temperature for Cairns, Australia on 5th October 2022.

27.74° C

(81.94° F)

  • yesterday: 26.82° C (80.28° F)
  • a week ago: 27° C (80.6° F)

This water temperature is comparable to that of a swimming pool, but it might be higher than most open water swimmers prefer for serious swimming. Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after swimming and don't wear a wetsuit to avoid overheating.

The average sea temperature for Cairns on October 5th over the last 10 years is 25.63° C (78.13° F), with a low temperature of 24.83° C (76.69° F) and a high of 27.66° C (81.79° F).

Analysis and forecast for Cairns water temperatures

The water temperature in Cairns today is higher than the average temperature of 25.63° C (78.13° F) and the temperature on this day last year, 5th October 2021, was 27.66° C (81.79° F).

The chart and table below shows the change in water temperature in Cairns over the last 30 days:

Date Temperature (Celsius) Temperature (Fahrenheit)
October 5 27.74° C 81.94° F
October 4 26.82° C 80.28° F
October 3 27.05° C 80.69° F
October 2 26.94° C 80.49° F
October 1 26.87° C 80.37° F
September 30 26.95° C 80.51° F
September 29 27.04° C 80.67° F
September 28 27° C 80.6° F
September 27 26.88° C 80.38° F
September 26 26.99° C 80.58° F
September 25 27.23° C 81.01° F
September 24 27.41° C 81.34° F
September 23 27.39° C 81.3° F
September 22 27.27° C 81.09° F
September 21 26.98° C 80.56° F
September 20 26.84° C 80.31° F
September 19 26.61° C 79.9° F
September 18 26.5° C 79.7° F
September 17 26.42° C 79.56° F
September 16 26.2° C 79.16° F
September 15 25.72° C 78.3° F
September 14 25.48° C 77.86° F
September 13 25.36° C 77.65° F
September 12 25.23° C 77.41° F
September 11 25.15° C 77.27° F
September 10 24.93° C 76.87° F
September 9 24.71° C 76.48° F
September 8 24.45° C 76.01° F
September 7 24.24° C 75.63° F
September 6 24.1° C 75.38° F
September 5 23.96° C 75.13° F

The actual nearshore temperatures may vary by several degrees and this can also be heavily affected by weather. Strong winds can cause cold, deep waters to replace the surface waters that had been warmed by the sun, and heavy rain can also reduce the temperature of the sea surface temperature as well.

Water temperature in Cairns by month

The chart below shows the monthly average water temperature in Cairns.

For more detailed information on how the sea temperature in Cairns changes for each month of the year, choose from the months below.

Cairns map and nearby water temperatures

Locations near Cairns

The highest temperature in Australia today is 28.72° C (83.7° F) in Darwin. The lowest is in Austins Ferry, where the temperature of the water is 12.19° C (53.95° F).

Why measure sea surface temperatures (SST) in Cairns?

The ocean covers about 71% of the Earth's surface, and scientists record the sea surface temperature (SST) of locations such as Cairns because they want to understand and learn how the ocean communicates with the atomosphere of Earth.

SST is one measure that provides information on the global climate, and it can be used to predict the weather in Cairns as well as atmospheric model simulations and to study marine ecosystems in the area.

Data source and citation

Raw data for the calculations made to find the sea surface temperature in Cairns comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and their 1/4° daily Optimum Interpolation Sea Surface Temperature.

The water temperature data is constructed by combining observations from different platforms (satellites, ships, buoys, and Argo floats) on a regular global grid. A spatially complete sea surface temperature map is then built by interpolating to fill in gaps in the data.

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