The Climate and Weather of Halifax, Nova Scotia

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

Halifax’s climate is less severe than might be expected.


This is a result of its location on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Winter temperatures are higher and summer temperatures are lower than those encountered in towns farther inland.

Halifax has an eastern-maritime climate, with a short, warm summer and a cold winter. Disturbed, changeable weather is common throughout the year.

Snow depths of greater than 1 cm are seen on about 85 days each year in Halifax.

Comparing Halifax with some other Canadian cities, snow depths of greater than 1 cm are seen on about:

10 days each year in Vancouver, 35 days in Penticton, 53 days each year in Windsor, 65 days in Toronto, 88 days in Calgary, 105 days each year in Fredericton, 109 days in Montreal, 120 days in Ottawa, and 132 days in Winnipeg.

Sunshine is somewhat less common in Halifax than in most Canadian cities owing to Nova Scotia’s notorious fogs. Halifax has over 100 days of mist or fog each year.

Summers in Halifax are pleasantly warm. The best summer weather is usually encountered in mid-summer and late summer when, compared with earlier in the season, fogs are rare.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

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.0-92.986918
Feb.0-84.066918
Mar.4-44.1104818
Apr.814.5132016
May1456.3140014
Jun.19117.5130013
Jul.23147.7130013
Aug.23157.2100011
Sep.19115.4110013
Oct.1364.0130014
Nov.812.5141015
Dec.3-52.1115316

Comments

  1. Moved to Halifax a few months ago. It definitely doesn’t have the “big city” vibe like Toronto or Montreal but there are plenty of activities happening all year around. Of course, it’s busier during the summer time but there’s stuff happening in the winter too. Being a smaller city, it sure has its fair share of traffic issues especially for those living in the nearby suburbs (in areas like Bedford and Fall River) and commuting to work daily. The area also has a growing start up scene and there are opportunities growing in the HRM.

  2. Have been to Nova Scotia a few times and my wife and I are going to pull the trigger and move , have had enough of Alberta , we are wondering where in the province gets the less amount of snow , i know they get a lot there and we are ok with it but if we can live kinda where they get the lest that would be the best , we dont want to be in Halifax as we are both not city people , dont mind working there but dont want to live in the city

  3. Fog really isn’t a issue. Maybe eastern passage.

  4. Hello, the wife and I have been contemplating on moving to Nova Scotia as we love it there and land is more affordable than BC. Weve been pretty well everywhere in NS except the Southern part – both times in the summer (August).

    But.. I read in a few places that NS gets a lot of fog. Which changes a lot of things.. which areas get more fog?

    • I lived there for 7 years. Don’t remember fog being an issue and I lived in the north shore, Truro, and Halifax. We’re moving back this summer after a decade in Bc. Cold yes. Fog, I don’t think so, no more than usual, except right on the water some days.

  5. Hello,
    I just finish nursing school in Toronto and is considering to move to Halifax for work. I’m a bit worried about the winters and life style considering moving from Toronto. What is rent, food, transportation like, do I need a car or is public transportation good?
    Thanks,
    Maggie

    • The winters here are much more mild than in Toronto. We dont get the extreme temperatures because we’re on the coast. If you live and work in the city you won’t need a car. If you live outside you might want one. Rent is pretty cheap, especially compared to Toronto! And the food here is pretty diverse, I like it.

  6. Yogesh Bramhecha says

    Hi,
    We are a couple planning to move to Halifax after living in Montreal for around 8 years. The only reason is a big job opportunity that came along and hence the purely career-based decision. We are however a bit uncertain about the “downgrading” from the metro lifestyle of Montreal and hence would like to inquire if it will be a drastic difference? We are a young couple, like to live active lifestyle and are very social. Any suggestions/ recommendations would be highly appreciated. Thanks

    • I’ve been to both Montreal and Halifax. For its size, Halifax has a lot going on. It’s not like Montreal which is probably the most happening city in Canada in my opinion, but you can definitely find a lot of events to do in Halifax, and it’s definitely a modern city with a twist. I don’t think you’re going to have any issues.

  7. is Nov 1 too late for fall foliage in Halifax?

    • Christine Davison says

      That’s actually a perfect time. Our fall foliage tends to be best towards the end of October beginning of November.

  8. Gordon Mosher says

    Right around the Thanksgiving weekend in October.

  9. Kathleen Jardine says

    How common is it to have power outages? And in what seasons? What about internet outages (if those exist at all outside of power outages)?

    • Patricia D Parker says

      Where are the best places to look for hobby farms in Nova Scotia, and since we will be trying to immigrate from the US, is it required that you live in the province in which you work?

  10. When is the best time to see fall colors in the area?Is October too late?

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