The best times to visit Cooktown for ideal weather are

May 21st to September 16th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other Cooktown Travel Info

Weather in Cooktown


Average temperatures in Cooktown vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 35th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Cooktown, the hottest months are December, January, and then February. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early December where highs are regularly around 91°F (32.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 75.5°F (24.2°C) at night.

Cooktown Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Cooktown Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Cooktown Perceived Temperature (F)


Cooktown Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Cooktown Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 89.7 81.3 75.1
Feb 88.5 80.8 75.2
Mar 86.3 79.6 73.9
Apr 83.9 77.9 71.7
May 81.6 75.3 69
Jun 79.5 72.3 64.3
Jul 78.9 71 62.9
Aug 80.9 72.6 64.2
Sep 83.8 75.7 68.4
Oct 86.1 78.1 72.1
Nov 88.7 80.5 74.6
Dec 89.9 81.8 75.3

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 32.1 27.4 23.9
Feb 31.4 27.1 24
Mar 30.2 26.4 23.3
Apr 28.8 25.5 22.1
May 27.6 24.1 20.6
Jun 26.4 22.4 17.9
Jul 26.1 21.7 17.2
Aug 27.2 22.6 17.9
Sep 28.8 24.3 20.2
Oct 30.1 25.6 22.3
Nov 31.5 26.9 23.7
Dec 32.2 27.7 24.1



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Cooktown are September, August, and then July. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid July. For example, on the week of July 16th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid January with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of January 15th.

When can you find snow in Cooktown? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Cooktown.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Cooktown (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 47% 0 11.9
Feb 48% 0 13.2
Mar 47% 0 14
Apr 27% 0 6.4
May 15% 0 1.5
Jun 11% 0 1.5
Jul 5% 0 0.7
Aug 5% 0 0.6
Sep 4% 0 0.3
Oct 8% 0 0.8
Nov 12% 0 2.1
Dec 25% 0 5.5

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 47 0 30.2
Feb 48 0 33.5
Mar 47 0 35.6
Apr 27 0 16.3
May 15 0 3.8
Jun 11 0 3.8
Jul 5 0 1.8
Aug 5 0 1.5
Sep 4 0 0.8
Oct 8 0 2
Nov 12 0 5.3
Dec 25 0 14


Humidity and Wind

Cooktown has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is October (62.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is February (79.6%).

Wind in Cooktown is usually moderate. The windiest month is October, followed by September and November. October’s average wind speed of around 10.3 knots (11.8 MPH or 19.1 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid October where average top sustained speeds reach 16.6 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Cooktown.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 6.2 Light breeze 12.4 Significant breeze
Feb 5.5 Light breeze 11.7 Significant breeze
Mar 6.7 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Apr 8 Gentle breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
May 8.4 Gentle breeze 13.5 Significant breeze
Jun 7.7 Gentle breeze 13.1 Significant breeze
Jul 8.4 Gentle breeze 13.9 Significant breeze
Aug 8.8 Gentle breeze 14.3 Significant breeze
Sep 9.6 Gentle breeze 15.2 Significant breeze
Oct 10.3 Gentle breeze 15.8 Significant breeze
Nov 9.2 Gentle breeze 14.9 Significant breeze
Dec 7.7 Gentle breeze 13.8 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 75.7%
Feb 79.6%
Mar 79.2%
Apr 74.4%
May 71.4%
Jun 73.4%
Jul 69.4%
Aug 65.5%
Sep 63.1%
Oct 62.5%
Nov 66.9%
Dec 70%


Is it Safe to Travel to Cooktown?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Australia; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Cooktown, QL, Australia is July, followed by September and May. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Cooktown in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 58.3 in December means 58.3% of the tourists vs. July.



Overall Cooktown Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 87.6°F (30.9°C) and 80.6°F (27°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 15 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 2 to 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Cooktown, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 90.4°F (32.4°C) and 83°F (28.3°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 4 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Cooktown to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 91°F (32.8°C) and 87.6°F (30.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 8 to 15 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.


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