Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Nova Scotia Canada

We show the climate in Nova Scotia by comparing the average weather in 3 representative places: Halifax, Sydney, and Truro.

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Average High and Low Temperature in Nova Scotia

Average High and Low Temperature in Nova ScotiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F6118743214285811624-21NowNowTruroTruroSydneySydneyHalifaxHalifax
The daily average high and low air temperature at 2 meters above the ground. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding perceived temperatures.
Halifax 33°F33°F39°F48°F57°F66°F73°F73°F67°F57°F47°F38°F
Sydney 30°F30°F35°F45°F55°F65°F73°F73°F66°F55°F45°F36°F
Truro 29°F30°F37°F48°F59°F69°F75°F74°F67°F56°F45°F35°F
Halifax 19°F20°F27°F35°F43°F52°F59°F60°F54°F45°F36°F26°F
Sydney 17°F16°F22°F31°F40°F48°F57°F57°F51°F42°F34°F24°F
Truro 13°F14°F22°F32°F40°F49°F56°F55°F48°F39°F31°F21°F


Average Hourly Temperature in HalifaxJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortablefreezing


Average Hourly Temperature in SydneyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortablefreezing


Average Hourly Temperature in TruroJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingfreezingvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortable
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Chance of Clearer Skies in Nova Scotia

Chance of Clearer Skies in Nova ScotiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%60373331NowNowTruroTruroSydneySydneyHalifaxHalifax
The percentage of time the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy (i.e., less than 60% of the sky is covered by clouds).
Clearer SkiesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Halifax 43%42%42%39%39%48%52%57%58%56%48%46%
Sydney 33%36%40%39%39%47%51%54%56%53%44%38%
Truro 34%32%36%37%38%46%52%56%56%51%42%38%

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Nova Scotia

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Nova ScotiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%332337273324NowNowTruroTruroSydneySydneyHalifaxHalifax
The percentage of days in which precipitation is observed, excluding trace quantities.
Days of Precip.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Halifax 8.9d7.8d8.5d8.6d9.4d8.6d7.8d7.6d7.9d9.1d9.4d9.7d
Sydney 9.6d8.3d8.9d9.2d9.2d9.2d8.8d9.0d9.0d9.6d10.6d10.4d
Truro 8.2d7.2d7.8d7.9d8.6d9.4d8.7d8.2d8.3d9.0d9.0d9.1d

Average Monthly Rainfall in Nova Scotia

Average Monthly Rainfall in Nova ScotiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 in3.
The average rainfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.
Halifax 2.0″1.8″2.1″2.5″2.7″2.7″2.5″2.4″3.0″3.7″3.8″3.1″
Sydney 1.7″1.4″1.6″2.5″2.5″2.5″2.4″2.7″3.1″3.5″3.6″2.7″
Truro 1.2″1.1″1.4″1.9″2.2″2.4″2.3″2.3″2.9″3.2″3.0″2.0″

Average Monthly Snowfall in Nova Scotia

Average Monthly Snowfall in Nova ScotiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in12 in12 in14 in14 in16 in16 in10.014.9NowNowTruroTruroSydneySydneyHalifaxHalifax
The average snowfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.
Halifax 9.1″9.6″6.5″1.5″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″1.1″5.2″
Sydney 13.2″14.8″10.7″3.1″0.1″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″1.6″7.6″
Truro 10.0″10.0″7.0″2.4″0.3″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.1″2.1″6.8″

Hours of Daylight in Nova Scotia

Hours of Daylight in Nova ScotiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec4 hr4 hr6 hr6 hr8 hr8 hr10 hr10 hr12 hr12 hr14 hr14 hr16 hr16 hr18 hr18 hr20 hr20 hr15.68.8NowNowTruroTruroSydneySydneyHalifaxHalifax
The number of hours during which the Sun is at least partly above the horizon.
Halifax 9.3h10.5h12.0h13.5h14.9h15.5h15.2h14.0h12.5h10.9h9.6h8.9h
Sydney 9.1h10.4h12.0h13.6h15.0h15.7h15.3h14.1h12.5h10.9h9.4h8.7h
Truro 9.2h10.4h12.0h13.6h14.9h15.6h15.2h14.0h12.5h10.9h9.5h8.8h

Chance of Muggy Conditions in Nova Scotia

Chance of Muggy Conditions in Nova ScotiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%1012NowNowTruroTruroSydneySydneyHalifaxHalifax
The percentage of time that is muggy, oppressive, or miserable (i.e., a dew point greater than 65°F).
Muggy daysJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Halifax 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.1d1.4d2.9d1.4d0.2d0.0d0.0d
Sydney 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.4d2.6d3.0d1.1d0.1d0.0d0.0d
Truro 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.5d2.8d2.9d1.0d0.1d0.0d0.0d

Average Wind Speed in Nova Scotia

Average Wind Speed in Nova ScotiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mph18 mph18 mph20 mph20 mph11.87.319.312.57.35.0NowNowTruroTruroSydneySydneyHalifaxHalifax
The average of mean hourly wind speeds at 10 meters above the ground.
Wind Speed (mph)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Halifax 11.611.310.
Sydney 18.918.117.415.813.913.112.913.014.716.417.718.7

Average Water Temperature in Nova Scotia

Average Water Temperature in Nova ScotiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec30°F30°F35°F35°F40°F40°F45°F45°F50°F50°F55°F55°F60°F60°F65°F65°F62336431NowNowTruroTruroSydneySydney
The daily average wide-area surface water temperature.
Water Temp.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Halifax 36°F34°F33°F36°F41°F49°F57°F61°F60°F55°F48°F41°F
Sydney 34°F32°F31°F34°F39°F48°F59°F64°F60°F53°F45°F39°F
Truro 34°F32°F32°F34°F39°F48°F57°F62°F60°F55°F47°F39°F

Tourism Score in Nova Scotia

Tourism Score in Nova ScotiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.0NowNowTruroTruroSydneySydneyHalifaxHalifax
The tourism score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F.

Beach/Pool Score in Nova Scotia

Beach/Pool Score in Nova ScotiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810103.6NowNowTruroTruroSydneySydneyHalifaxHalifax
The beach/pool score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F.

Growing Season in Nova Scotia

Growing Season in Nova ScotiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%20%20%40%40%60%60%80%80%100%100%NowNowTruroTruroSydneySydneyHalifaxHalifax
The percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season, defined as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Growing Degree Days in Nova Scotia

Growing Degree Days in Nova ScotiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F500°F500°F1,000°F1,000°F1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°FNowNowTruroTruroSydneySydneyHalifaxHalifax
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, where growing degree days are defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature (50°F in this case).

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Nova Scotia

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Nova ScotiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh6.71.31.0NowNowTruroTruroSydneySydneyHalifaxHalifax
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter.
Solar Energy (kWh)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

This report illustrates the typical weather for Halifax, Sydney, and Truro year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

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