Orpheus Island Climate

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The summer (November to April) is hot and humid, with most of the 1,680 mm annual precipitation falling between January and March. 

Summer winds are variable, with extended calm periods. Cyclones developing in the Coral Sea may produce strong winds and heavy rains, but rarely threaten the island. Southeast trade winds dominate the cool, sunny, dry season from June to November. During this period daily temperatures may be highly variable and a range of attire is recommended.

The Australian Institute of Marine Science in collaboration with JCU operates and maintains a remote data weather station situated on the southern point of Pioneer Bay. Wind, solar, temperature and barometric data is produced from the Orpheus Island weather station at 30 minute intervals. This is an additional five GBROOS monitoring buoys located in Pioneer Bay, Little Pioneer Bay and in the Pelorus/Orpheus Channel.

Data collected from these monitoring stations includes:

  • Water temperature at various levels
  • Air Pressure
  • Air temperature
  • Humidity
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Precipitation
  • Salinity
  • Light levels and turbidity
  • Upwelling

This information is available freely to researchers and visitors alike to download from the AIMS website or from the OIRS weather monitor located in the lecture theatre.

2010 Orpheus Island Climate Data

Air Temperature

Graph of 2010 Air temperatures


Graph of 2010 Rainfall levels

Water Temperature

Graph of 2010 water temperatures

Orpheus Island


The Orpheus Island Research Station actively seeks volunteers to assist with station duties throughout the year. See our Volunteer Program webpage for further information.

Research Station

Orpheus Island Research Station provides a range of excellent facilities to suit both research and educational groups.

Using the Station