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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.


Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Vancouver:

temperature (įC)


temperature (įC)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (įC)
January 6 0 2 19 8
February 8 2 3 17 8
March 11 3 4 17 8
April 13 5 6 15 10
May 17 8 7 13 12
June 20 11 8 11 13
July 22 13 9 7 14
August 23 13 8 8 14
September 19 10 6 10 13
October 14 7 4 16 11
November 9 3 2 20 9
December 6 1 2 21 8
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

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:

chance of
(very) hot


chance of
(very) cool
chance of

chance of
chance of
sunny days


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