Climate and weather in Vancouver

Vancouver's mild climate is fairly constant all year around. Temperatures rarely drop below freezing and are somewhat similar to the climate in northern California.

Known as Rain City, Vancouver has a reputation for always being wet. The city of Vancouver doesn't actually receive an enormous amount of rain. Most falls on the surrounding areas especially the district of North Vancouver and the mountain ranges on the North Shore.

Incredibly thick fog rolling in off the Georgia Strait can linger in the West End and spread to the downtown areas of Vancouver sometimes lasting for days with near zero visibility. The fog normally lifts from surrounding suburbs fairly quickly.

The wind in Vancouver is normally so low it can't be felt. When it picks up it can be very cold, especially if it is coming off the ocean.

Spring starts early in Vancouver. It is not uncommon to see golf courses busy in January and people swimming in the waters of English Bay all year round (although it can get chilly!).

Vancouverites make the most of the summer months which are from July through to September. Temperatures can reach 30 degrees Celsius at times and heatwaves in excess of that are a regular occurrance during the summer.

Fall or Autumn paints Vancouver a beautiful gold and orange colour. The many tree-lined streets put on a different shade and the blue, sunny skies make for a great time to visit.

Snow normally falls in the surrounding areas and on the three ski hills (Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour and Cypress Mountain) from the end of November / December. Skiing is normally possible right through until May. Temperatures at the summits can be suitable for t-shirt's and sunglasses even in the metres of snow.

The city of Vancouver rarely sees snow on the ground. When it does happen it may only last for a few days so if you love the snow, make the most of it!

Temperature (°C) J F M A M J J A S O N D
Maximum 6 8 10 13 16 19 22 22 18 14 9 6
Minimum 0 1 3 5 8 11 13 13 10 6 3 1
Mean 3 5 6 9 12 15 17 17 14 10 6 4

Precipitation J F M A M J J A S O N D
Rain (mm) 132 116 105 75 62 46 36 38 64 115 167 161
Snow (cm) 21 9 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 19
Total (mm) 150 124 109 75 62 46 36 38 64 115 170 179
Snow Cover(cm) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

Other Weather J F M A M J J A S O N D
Sunshine (h) 55 87 132 172 237 242 296 265 189 124 67 54
Rel.Humidity(%) 85 84 80 76 75 75 74 77 81 86 85 86
Wind Speed(km/h) 12 12 13 13 11 11 11 11 10 11 12 12
Wind Direction N N N N N N N N N N N N

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