The Climate and Weather of Winnipeg, Manitoba

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

Located in Southern Manitoba, Winnipeg endures very cold and occasionally rather brutal winter temperatures. Canadians in other provinces sometimes refer jokingly to “Winterpeg”, Manitoba.

Winnipeg has a cold continental climate with a short, very warm summer and a long, cold winter. Despite the cold weather, Winnipeg’s skies are among the clearest in Canada and Winnipeg enjoys much sunny weather all year round.

Snow depths of greater than 1 cm are seen on about 132 days each year in Winnipeg, compared with about 10 days each year in Vancouver, 35 days in Penticton, 65 days in Toronto, 88 days in Calgary, and 120 days in Ottawa.

Winnipeg has a windy climate, which it owes to its prairie location. There are few natural barriers to prairie winds, allowing them to sweep down from the Arctic in wintertime.

The combination of very low temperatures and high windspeed is dangerous – and can be life threatening. Weather forecasters in Manitoba issue warnings not to venture out in such conditions.

Although Winnipeg endures lower winter temperatures than Toronto, people who live in Winnipeg claim their city’s dry winter cold is more pleasant than the damper cold in Toronto.

Science lends some support to these claims. Toronto is more overcast in winter than Winnipeg, so there is more radiant heating from the sun in Winnipeg than Toronto. Furthermore, the wet snow in Toronto is warmer than the powder snow in Winnipeg and as a result adds more moisture to the air. Moist air carries heat away from the skin more quickly than dry air does, hence Toronto can feel colder than someone from Winnipeg might expect.

The winter air in Winnipeg is so dry that many householders use humidifiers in their homes to add moisture back into the air. Many people feel uncomfortable in very dry air, and there can be problems with skin drying and cracking.

Winnipeg, Manitoba


Av. Daily
Max. Temp.

Av. Daily
Temp. (°C)

Av. hours
(per day)

Av. Days

Av. Days

Av. Depth
Snow on
Ground (cm)

Av. Wind
(km per hr)

Jan. -13 -23 3.9 1 12 18 17
Feb. -9 -19 4.9 1 8 20 17
Mar. -1 -11 5.8 3 7 13 18
Apr. 10 -2 8.0 5 3 3 18
May 19 5 9.2 11 1 0 18
Jun. 23 11 9.4 13 0 0 16
Jul. 26 13 10.2 11 0 0 15
Aug. 25 12 9.0 10 0 0 15
Sep. 19 6 6.0 11 0 0 17
Oct. 11 0 4.7 8 2 0 18
Nov. -1 -10 3.1 2 9 5 17
Dec. -10 -19 3.2 1 11 10 17

5 thoughts on “The Climate and Weather of Winnipeg, Manitoba”

  1. That story, about Toronto’s damp winters being
    colder, is usually spun by Eastern Canadians.
    Nothing surpasses the cold, of a winter on the
    Canadian prairie.

  2. LAKE WINNIPEG- The lake itself is polluted and there are warnings. Can get windy and warm to hot in the summer. If you do research on the internet!

  3. I live in Southwest USA 🇺🇸 and the summers here are frankly, hellish. But It seems to me that the three summer months could be a great place for vacation near that huge lake in the middle of Manitoba.
    Does anyone from the Lake Winnipeg area care to comment on the summer’s there?

    1. Hello S.T. Hendrickson,
      Many Winnipegers spend summer weekends at the ‘lake’ (a term used for any lake in the province). Gimli on Lake Winnipeg in particular is very popular and is now becoming a retirement community for Winnipegers. Summers are quite pleasant by the lake and not as hot as the city due to the refreshing lake breezes. There are a plethora of beautiful beaches although this year Lake Winnipeg is very high so the beaches have shrunk. All the lakes freeze in the winter but ice fishing and snowmobiling are very popular in the winter. I hope this helps!

  4. Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba, Canada. It’s latitude is 49.8951 degrees North and 97.1384 degrees West. It is known as ¨The Gateway to the West¨ since it is a railway and transportation hub with a diversified economy. It is also home to several professional sports. Winnipeg has four distinct seasons. Winnipeg is the coldest city in Canada. They have Summer and Winter and their Autumn and Spring is usually short. The average temperature for the month of November is from 16 degrees to 34 degrees Fahrenheit. It usually rains approximately 30 mm in November and it rains for an average of 6 days. In Winnipeg, it can be frigid since it has been -54 degrees Fahrenheit before. During its Winter, it can be gelid so not that many people visit at that time. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada experiences many types of severe weather. Some include thunderstorms, lighting, hail, tornadoes, heavy rain, freezing rain/ice storms, blizzards/heavy snowfall. The city has an altitude of 784?.

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