The climate of Vancouver (Canada)
Vancouver is located in the south western part of Canada and has a
moderate sea climate with mild winters and relatively cool summers.
The sea water is supplied by the relatively warm Kuro-Shiro-Drift.
Because of this the water is warmed between the Philippines and Japan
before reaching Vancouver. During the winter the sea water is
relatively warm for this degree of latitude with 8-9 degrees Celsius
on average. During the summer the sea water is relatively low with 14
degrees on average and 15-16 degrees Celsius during warmer years.
Because there usually is an onshore flow of air coming from the
Pacific Vancouver gets quite a large amount of rain. Especially during
the winter the city is gray, very wet and when itís cold enough snowy.
Vancouver is situated in one of the wettest regions in North America.
The North Shore Mountains and the Coast Mountains cause depressions to
remain stationary over the city. However, you would expect Vancouver
to get more rain than the 1,200-1,300 millimeters it gets per year.
Several hundreds kilometers further north or further south there are
areas which get more than 2,000 millimeters of rain per year.
The pleasant thing about Vancouverís climate is that it is rather
predictable, unlike in other places in Canada. Winters are much milder
here than in other places in Canada. Vancouver gets about 10-15 snowy
days per year, which is not much for a Canadian city. Vancouver only
gets few days on which wintry weather causes significant
inconvenience. This is one of the factors which makes Vancouver one of
the best cities in Canada to live in. During the summer there are also
few extremes in climate. The summer is much drier and sunnier than the
winter. Daytime temperatures are 20-26 degrees Celsius, so it is never
too hot or too cold.
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records.
They are an average for Vancouver:
More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression
of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain
period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather,
extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate
information for each month of the year:
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