The Climate and Weather of Vancouver, British Columbia

Average Daily Maximum Temperature – Minimum – Sunshine – Raindays – Snowdays – Snowdepth – Windspeed

Unusually for a Canadian city, Vancouver has relatively mild winters with little snow. The cold air from the Arctic that sweeps over the rest of Canada in winter is unable to reach Vancouver. The Rocky Mountains block it.


Combine the lack of Arctic air with the mildness of Vancouver’s location on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and it’s not surprising that Vancouver is the warmest of Canada’s major metropolitan cities in winter by far.

Snow depths of greater than 1 cm are seen on about 10 days each year in Vancouver compared with about 65 days in Toronto.

Vancouver has one of the wettest and foggiest climates of Canada’s cities. At times, in winter, it can seem that the rain will never stop.

Compensating for the the wet winters, Vancouver usually enjoys excellent summer weather characterised by very pleasant, warm days with abundant sunshine.

Vancouver also differs from most other Canadian cities in that it has a genuine spring and fall/autumn. In many Canadian cities it often seems that warm, summer weather replaces frigid, winter weather in a matter of a very few weeks or even days.

Vancouver has a western maritime climate, hence its weather can be changeable throughout the year.

Vancouver is less windy than most other Canadian cities.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Month
of
year

Av. Daily
Max. Temp.
(°C)

Av. Daily
Min.
Temp. (°C)

Av. hours
Sun
(per day)

Av. Days
with
Rain

Av. Days
with
Snowfall

Av. Depth
Snow on
Ground (cm)

Av. Wind
Speed
(km per hr)

Jan. 6 1 2 17 4 0 10
Feb. 8 1 3.0 15 2 0 12
Mar. 10 3 4.3 17 1 0 13
Apr. 13 5 6.1 14 0 0 13
May 16 8 7.4 13 0 0 12
Jun. 19 11 7.6 11 0 0 12
Jul. 22 13 9.5 7 0 0 12
Aug. 22 13 8.6 7 0 0 11
Sep. 19 11 6.6 9 0 0 11
Oct. 14 7 4.0 14 0 0 11
Nov. 9 3 2.1 20 1 0 12
Dec. 6 1 1.8 18 3 0 12

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