Climate and weather in Halifax

A few years back the "Weather Rock" enjoyed popularity among Nova Scotians, including Haligonians. The rock was hung outside. If it is wet, it's raining; if it is white, it's snowing; if you can't see it, it's foggy; etc. This gag gift expresses the difficulty of predicting Halifax 's weather. The old adage "if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes" certainly applies. Though you will be mocked mercilessly if you show up with skis in July, visitors are best to come prepared for a variety of temperatures.

Generally, summer to mid-fall is the most pleasant time. Summer temperatures can climb, but rarely sustain themselves at the heat wave levels common in Montreal or Toronto . And while humidity is often high, the breeze off the water and frequent foggy nights provide respite - sometimes too much, so prepare for a chilly evening if you are near the water. Warm temperatures often last through September, with a lovely crispness in the air and beautiful fall colors by October. Occasionally, as in September 2003, hurricanes do make their way in full force to the city.

Winter is finicky. It is not uncommon for snowstorms to end in rain, and for the city to experience several freezes and thaws within one winter. Again, Halifax experiences the frigid temperatures common in Upper Canada , but not usually for such long period of time. Spring can be even more undefined along the coast, with a hot week followed by a snowstorm in April, and tree buds sometimes yet to burst into leaves until mid-June.

Latitude: 44.53N Longitude: 063.31W Altitude: 127m

Temperature (°C) J F M A M J J A S O N D
Maximum -1 -1 3 8 15 20 23 23 19 13 7 1
Minimum -9 -10 -5 0 4 9 13 13 9 4 0 -6
Mean -5 -5 -1 4 9 15 18 18 14 9 3 -2

Precipitation J F M A M J J A S O N D
Rain (mm) 87 62 80 101 107 98 97 110 95 126 141 119
Snow (cm) 64 60 44 22 3 0 0 0 0 3 14 51
Total (mm) 147 119 123 124 111 98 97 110 95 129 154 167
Snow Cover(cm) 14 18 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10

Weather Info J F M A M J J A S O N D
Rel.Humidity(%) 81 79 78 77 76 77 79 79 80 81 83 82
Wind Speed(km/h) 19 19 20 19 18 17 16 15 15 17 18 19
Wind Direction N NW NW N S S S S S SW NW NW

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