VANCOUVER

Weather & Climate

Weather & Climate in Vancouver

Climate

Depending on who you talk to, or perhaps,when, Vancouver's climate is either much maligned or envied. Late fall and winter are typically damp with clouds smothering the sky like a wet grey blanket (there's a reason Vancouver is sometimes referred to as the "Wet Coast"). But there are benefits to all that rain: it's usually not snowing (unlike most of the rest of Canada) and it leads to a gorgeous display of colour with the start of spring in early March. And that's where Vancouver really shines -- the spring and summer. Springs can still be wet, but it gets warmer and the shrubs, blossom trees and flowers put on a pretty show. Summer days are long and usually sunny with little humidity.

Daytime highs from mid-June to early-Sept are mostly comfortable in the low to mid-20s (70-80°F). Overnight temperatures are usually in the teens (55-70°F). Spring and fall are cooler and wetter, so a packing a mix of cool and warm weather clothing is recommended. If visiting Vancouver between Nov and March, be prepared for wet weather and cool temperatures. Daytime highs are typically around 5-8°C (40-50°F) while overnight lows will get close to zero (32°F) and sometimes colder. December and January are the coldest months, with the most rain and a chance of snow. While Vancouver's winters are not as harsh as those in other major Canadian cities, the city does get a few days of snow in the winter months every year.

Climate data for Vancouver

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record highhumidex17.218.020.323.933.733.938.335.933.027.221.116.138.3
Record high °C (°F)15.3
(59.5)
18.4
(65.1)
20.0
(68)
26.1
(79)
30.4
(86.7)
33.3
(91.9)
34.4
(93.9)
33.3
(91.9)
30.0
(86)
25.0
(77)
18.4
(65.1)
15.0
(59)
34.4
(93.9)
Average high °C (°F)6.9
(44.4)
8.2
(46.8)
10.3
(50.5)
13.2
(55.8)
16.7
(62.1)
19.6
(67.3)
22.2
(72)
22.2
(72)
18.9
(66)
13.5
(56.3)
9.2
(48.6)
6.3
(43.3)
13.9
(57)
Daily mean °C (°F)4.1
(39.4)
4.9
(40.8)
6.9
(44.4)
9.4
(48.9)
12.8
(55)
15.7
(60.3)
18.0
(64.4)
18.0
(64.4)
14.9
(58.8)
10.3
(50.5)
6.3
(43.3)
3.6
(38.5)
10.4
(50.7)
Average low °C (°F)1.4
(34.5)
1.6
(34.9)
3.4
(38.1)
5.6
(42.1)
8.8
(47.8)
11.7
(53.1)
13.7
(56.7)
13.8
(56.8)
10.8
(51.4)
7.0
(44.6)
3.5
(38.3)
0.8
(33.4)
6.8
(44.2)
Record low °C (°F)−17.8
(0)
−16.1
(3)
−9.4
(15.1)
−3.3
(26.1)
0.6
(33.1)
2.2
(36)
6.1
(43)
3.9
(39)
−1.1
(30)
−6.1
(21)
−14.3
(6.3)
−17.8
(0)
−17.8
(0)
Source: Environment Canada

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