Average Weather in August in Iqaluit Canada
Daily high temperatures decrease by 6°F, from 53°F to 47°F, rarely falling below 41°F or exceeding 64°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 42°F to 38°F, rarely falling below 34°F or exceeding 47°F.
For reference, on July 27, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Iqaluit typically range from 42°F to 54°F, while on February 7, the coldest day of the year, they range from -22°F to -10°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in August
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on August. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in August
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 month of August in Iqaluit experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 65% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 67% on August 12.
The clearest day of the month is August 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 37% of the time.
For reference, on December 24, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 76%, while on May 25, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 47%.
Cloud Cover Categories in August
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Iqaluit, the chance of a wet day over the course of August is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 29% and ending it at 25%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 30% on August 14, and its lowest chance is 5% on January 2.
Probability of Precipitation in August
To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during August in Iqaluit is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 2.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.7 inches or falls below 0.9 inches, and ending the month at 2.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.5 inches or falls below 0.7 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 2.3 inches on August 9.
Average Monthly Rainfall in August
Over the course of August in Iqaluit, the length of the day is very rapidly decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 3 hours, 12 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 6 minutes, 24 seconds, and weekly decrease of 44 minutes, 48 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is August 31, with 14 hours, 35 minutes of daylight and the longest day is August 1, with 17 hours, 47 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in August
The earliest sunrise of the month in Iqaluit is 3:45 AM on August 1 and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 30 minutes later at 5:15 AM on August 31.
The latest sunset is 9:32 PM on August 1 and the earliest sunset is 1 hour, 42 minutes earlier at 7:50 PM on August 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Iqaluit during 2021, but it neither starts nor ends during August, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 2:11 AM and sets 20 hours, 50 minutes later, at 11:00 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 9:22 AM and sets 4 hours, 20 minutes later, at 1:42 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in August
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for August 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in August
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Iqaluit is essentially constant during August, remaining around 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in August
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Iqaluit is essentially constant during August, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 9.9 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 30, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 11.6 miles per hour, while on July 13, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in August
The hourly average wind direction in Iqaluit throughout August is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 32% on August 11.
Wind Direction in August
Iqaluit is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average surface water temperature in Iqaluit is essentially constant during August, remaining around 33°F throughout.
The highest average surface water temperature during August is 33°F on August 11.
Average Water Temperature in August
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it 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).
The growing season in Iqaluit typically lasts for 2.9 months (88 days), from around June 13 to around September 9, rarely starting before May 27 or after July 4, and rarely ending before August 23 or after September 27.
The month of August in Iqaluit is more likely than not fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season reaching a high of 100% on August 6.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in August
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
Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
The average accumulated growing degree days in Iqaluit are essentially constant during August, remaining within 14°F of 69°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in August
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Iqaluit is decreasing during August, falling by 1.4 kWh, from 4.4 kWh to 3.1 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in August
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Iqaluit are 63.747 deg latitude, -68.517 deg longitude, and 30 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Iqaluit contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 525 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 160 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,247 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,625 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Iqaluit is covered by sparse vegetation (42%), bare soil (34%), and grassland (14%), within 10 miles by water (32%) and sparse vegetation (29%), and within 50 miles by bare soil (41%) and sparse vegetation (41%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Iqaluit, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There is only a single weather station, Iqaluit Climate, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Iqaluit.
At a distance of 2 kilometer from Iqaluit, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Iqaluit according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.