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Coast-to-coast, Canada's summer climate has something for everyone


Canada's summer climate is as varied as its geography.
Canada's summer climate is as varied as its geography.

Staff writers

July 2, 2012 — No matter where you are, or are planning to visit, no summer would be complete without toasty temperatures and as little chance of rain as possible.

Luckily, all across Canada, from the Atlantic coast to British Columbia, you can be assured of at least a hot July and August before the September cooldown kicks in.

Ontario

Canadas most populous province boasts the consistently highest average temperatures for the whole season, from the mid-to-high twenties at the start of the season all the way through to a September that is the warmest in the country, rarely dipping into the teens in the south of the province.

Rainfall totals vary from city to city, though, and depending on where you are, the hottest month may also be the rainiest.
Youll have to choose carefully.

Quebec

The heart of French Canada sees average temperatures just a little cooler than southern Ontario.

The downside? Average rainfall is pretty consistent from July to September, with totals that are among the highest in the country, reaching beyond 100 mm in many cities.

Atlantic Canada

Just a whisker cooler than southern Ontario, but slightly less rainy than Quebec, Canadas four Atlantic provinces have plenty of potential if youre eyeing the east coast for a summer visit.

Prairies

The cities of the three Prairie Provinces are more likely than anywhere else in Canada to see the most rain in the hottest month, July.


British Columbia

Canadas Pacific coast has a certain reputation for rain, but when summer hits, the region is actually drier than most, and the most varied when it comes to average temperatures.

Temperatures in the Interior are toasty, actually rivaling the heat of southern Ontario, while the coast and the north tend to be in the low 20s, and see a little more rainfall on average, but still less than you might find in eastern Canada.

The North

The northern territories do, in fact, have a summer. Yukon and the Northwest Territories feature very un-arctic temperatures for at least July and August, with very little rainfall, although Nunavut is significantly colder.

Monthly Breakdown - Canada

City July August September
Vancouver High: 22C
Low: 14C
Prec: 49 mm
High: 22C
Low: 14C
Prec: 48 mm
High: 19C
Low: 12C
Prec: 70 mm
Edmonton High: 23C
Low: 12C
Prec: 66 mm
High: 23C
Low: 12C
Prec: 53 mm
High: 17C
Low: 6C
Prec: 45 mm
Calgary High: 23C
Low: 9C
Prec: 68 mm
High: 23C
Low: 9C
Prec: 59 mm
High: 18C
Low: 4C
Prec: 42 mm
Regina High: 26C
Low: 12C
Prec: 64 mm
High: 25C
Low: 11C
Prec: 43 mm
High: 19C
Low: 5C
Prec: 32 mm
Saskatoon High: 25C
Low: 11C
Prec: 60 mm
High: 24C
Low: 10C
Prec: 39 mm
High: 18C
Low: 4C
Prec: 29 mm
Winnipeg High: 26C
Low: 16C
Prec: 136 mm
High: 25C
Low: 15C
Prec: 95 mm
High: 18C
Low: 8C
Prec: 60 mm
Thunder Bay High: 20C
Low: 12C
Prec: 74 mm
High: 20C
Low: 13C
Prec: 75 mm
High: 15C
Low: 8C
Prec: 81 mm
Ottawa High: 26C
Low: 15C
Prec: 88 mm
High: 25C
Low: 14C
Prec: 87 mm
High: 20C
Low: 10C
Prec: 86 mm

Toronto

(Downtown)

High: 26C
Low: 18C
Prec: 67 mm
High: 25C
Low: 17C
Prec: 79 mm
High: 21C
Low: 13C
Prec: 83 mm
Montreal High: 26C
Low: 16C
Prec: 91 mm
High: 25C
Low: 14C
Prec: 93 mm
High: 20C
Low: 9C
Prec: 93 mm
Fredericton High: 24C
Low: 13C
Prec: Not recorded
High: 24C
Low: 13C
Prec: Not recorded

High: 19C
Low: 9C
Prec: Not recorded

Charlottetown High: 23C
Low: 14C
Prec: 86 mm
High: 23C
Low: 13C
Prec: 87 mm
High: 18C
Low: 9C
Prec: 95 mm
Halifax High: 22C
Low: 13C
Prec: 107 mm
High: 22C
Low: 14C
Prec: 97 mm
High: 19C
Low: 10C
Prec: 100 mm
St. John's High: 21C
Low: 12C
Prec: Not recorded
High: 22C
Low: 13C
Prec: Not recorded
High: 17C
Low: 9C
Prec: Not recorded
Yellowknife High: 21C
Low: 12C
Prec: 35 mm
High: 18C
Low: 10C
Prec: 41 mm
High: 10C
Low: 4C
Prec: 30 mm
Whitehorse High: 20C
Low: 5C
Prec: 41 mm
High: 19C
Low: 8C
Prec: 38 mm
High: 12C
Low: 6C
Prec: 29 mm
Iqaluit High: 12C
Low: 4C
Prec: 59 mm
High: 10C
Low: 3C
Prec: 65 mm
High: 5C
Low: 0C
Prec: 42 mm

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