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All you need to know about Whitsunday Weather

Walk the Whitsundays
The Whitsundays location and the general weather patterns

The Whitsundays weather changes just as much as the rest of the world. But with around 300 days of sunshine a year, you can usually bet it will be nice! The year is divided into summer (aka wet-season) and winter (aka dry season).

It is considered a subtropical climate as the islands sit just off the mainland in north Queensland, resting between the tropics. This means there are fairly consistent warm daytime temperatures all year.

Read more about the Whitsunday Islands here

These factors all add up to creating the perfect conditions for the lush rain forests that are found in the region. These perfectly contrast the inviting blue water surrounding them.

In the Whitsundays, the seas’ average temperature is around 25°C, fluctuating slightly with the seasons. This is a fantastic temperature for swimming and snorkelling. You’ll be able to stay in the water for ages!

Whatever the Whitsundays weather throws at you, remember the sun is strong year-round. Even on overcast days, the suns’ rays can find their way to your skin. Also, the white sand of Whitehaven Beach intensifies the sun’s rays. So, whether you visit during summer or winter, make sure you ‘slip slap slop’!

Whitsundays Tree

December, January and February are considered the height of summer and bring daytime average temperatures of around 31°C. During summer, the subtropical weather shows its real form of hot and humid days.

While these months are also when the most rainfall is recorded, it usually comes in the form of a refreshing sun shower. It’s still best to bring a wet weather jacket as occasionally the rain can be persistent. Nevertheless, with intermittent sun and sun showers being the norm, even for a ‘bad day’, that is still better than being in London or New York!


During the winter months of June, July and August there is an average daytime temperature of a very comfortable 24°C. At night, or with winds from the south, this can drop down to 18°C. While that is still much warmer than a winters night in Sweden, you may still like to have a light coat or jumper to keep you warm.

These months are also, on average, when the least amount of rainfall is recorded. Meaning clear blue skies to match the turquoise waters during the day. And as you stargaze on deck at night, with such clear skies, your only question will be if anyone is gazing back at you.


To find out the current weather, you can visit the BOM (bureau of meteorology) here


Now you’ve made your mind up on the time of year you want to visit, why don’t you put the Whitsunday Islands down as your next holiday. Find out more about day trips or overnight trips with Explore Whitsundays.