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January Weather in North Vancouver Canada

Daily high temperatures increase by 2°F, from 43°F to 45°F, rarely falling below 34°F or exceeding 51°F.

Daily low temperatures are around 36°F, rarely falling below 24°F or exceeding 45°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is 35°F on January 2.

For reference, on August 2, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in North Vancouver typically range from 59°F to 74°F, while on January 2, the coldest day of the year, they range from 35°F to 43°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in January in North Vancouver

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on January. 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 January in North Vancouver

Average Hourly Temperature in January in North Vancouver18152229112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313112 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMDecFebvery coldcold
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.

Brussels, Belgium (4,859 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to North Vancouver (view comparison).

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Clouds

The month of January in North Vancouver experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 74% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 75% on January 22.

The clearest day of the month is January 3, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 27% of the time.

For reference, on January 19, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 75%, while on August 3, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 70%.

Cloud Cover Categories in January in North Vancouver

Cloud Cover Categories in January in North Vancouver1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%DecFebAug 370%Aug 370%Jan 127%Jan 127%Jan 3126%Jan 3126%Jan 1126%Jan 1126%Jan 2125%Jan 2125%clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercastmostly clear
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In North Vancouver, the chance of a wet day over the course of January is decreasing, starting the month at 54% and ending it at 49%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 61% on November 18, and its lowest chance is 11% on August 5.

Over the course of January in North Vancouver, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 48% to 46%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 4% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 1% throughout.

Probability of Precipitation in January in North Vancouver

Probability of Precipitation in January in North Vancouver1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%0%5%5%10%10%15%15%20%20%25%25%30%30%35%35%40%40%45%45%50%50%55%55%60%60%DecFebJan 154%Jan 154%Jan 3149%Jan 3149%Jan 1153%Jan 1153%Jan 2152%Jan 2152%mixedrainsnow
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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 January in North Vancouver is decreasing, starting the month at 8.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 12.3 inches or falls below 4.8 inches, and ending the month at 7.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 12.1 inches or falls below 3.6 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in January in North Vancouver

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. As with rainfall, we consider the liquid-equivalent snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.

The average sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall during January in North Vancouver is essentially constant, remaining about 0.2 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.8 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.

The highest average 31-day liquid-equivalent accumulation is 0.3 inches on January 3.

Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in January in North Vancouver

The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

Over the course of January in North Vancouver, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 6 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 12 seconds, and weekly increase of 15 minutes, 27 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is January 1, with 8 hours, 17 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 31, with 9 hours, 23 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January in North Vancouver

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The latest sunrise of the month in North Vancouver is 8:07 AM on January 1 and the earliest sunrise is 23 minutes earlier at 7:44 AM on January 31.

The earliest sunset is 4:24 PM on January 1 and the latest sunset is 43 minutes later at 5:07 PM on January 31.

Daylight saving time is observed in North Vancouver during 2021, but it neither starts nor ends during January, so the entire month is in standard time.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:06 AM and sets 16 hours, 15 minutes later, at 9:21 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:05 AM and sets 8 hours, 11 minutes later, at 4:15 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January in North Vancouver

The solar day over the course of January. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

Moon

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for January 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 January in North Vancouver

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in January in North Vancouver18152229112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313112 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMDecFebDec 148:17 AMDec 148:17 AMDec 297:29 PMDec 297:29 PMJan 129:01 PMJan 129:01 PMJan 2811:17 AMJan 2811:17 AMFeb 1111:06 AMFeb 1111:06 AMFeb 2712:18 AMFeb 2712:18 AM8:08 AM8:08 AM4:21 PM4:21 PM3:57 PM3:57 PM8:54 AM8:54 AM8:01 AM8:01 AM4:03 PM4:03 PM3:43 PM3:43 PM8:16 AM8:16 AM7:58 AM7:58 AM5:21 PM5:21 PM5:08 PM5:08 PM7:41 AM7:41 AM
The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Humidity

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 North Vancouver is essentially constant during January, remaining around 0% throughout.

For reference, on July 28, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 1% of the time, while on September 27, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in January in North Vancouver

Humidity Comfort Levels in January in North Vancouver1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%DecFebJan 10%Jan 10%Jan 310%Jan 310%Jan 110%Jan 110%Jan 210%Jan 210%drydry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

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 North Vancouver is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 5.8 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on December 29, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.1 miles per hour, while on August 9, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 2.8 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in January in North Vancouver

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The hourly average wind direction in North Vancouver throughout January is predominantly from the east, with a peak proportion of 50% on January 6.

Wind Direction in January in North Vancouver

Wind Direction in January in North Vancouver1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%DecFebsoutheastnorthwest
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The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

North Vancouver 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 North Vancouver is essentially constant during January, remaining around 45°F throughout.

The lowest average surface water temperature during January is 44°F on January 30.

Average Water Temperature in January in North Vancouver

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Growing Season

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 North Vancouver typically lasts for 8.6 months (263 days), from around March 3 to around November 20, rarely starting before January 18 or after March 24, and rarely ending before October 30 or after December 18.

The month of January in North Vancouver is more likely than not fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season reaching a low of 7% on January 4.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in January in North Vancouver

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in January in North Vancouvergrowing season1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%DecFebJan 17%Jan 17%Jan 3113%Jan 3113%Jan 118%Jan 118%Jan 2111%Jan 2111%freezingvery coldcold
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 percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

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 North Vancouver are essentially constant during January, remaining within 1°F of 1°F throughout.

Growing Degree Days in January in North Vancouver

Growing Degree Days in January in North Vancouver1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310.0°F0.0°F0.5°F0.5°F1.0°F1.0°F1.5°F1.5°F2.0°F2.0°F2.5°F2.5°F3.0°F3.0°FDecFebJan 10°FJan 10°FJan 311°FJan 311°FJan 110°FJan 110°FJan 211°FJan 211°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of January, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 North Vancouver is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0.2 kWh of 1.0 kWh throughout.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January in North Vancouver

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January in North Vancouver1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310.0 kWh0.0 kWh0.5 kWh0.5 kWh1.0 kWh1.0 kWh1.5 kWh1.5 kWh2.0 kWh2.0 kWh2.5 kWh2.5 kWh3.0 kWh3.0 kWh3.5 kWh3.5 kWhDecFebJan 10.8 kWhJan 10.8 kWhJan 311.3 kWhJan 311.3 kWhJan 110.9 kWhJan 110.9 kWhJan 211.0 kWhJan 211.0 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of North Vancouver are 49.316 deg latitude, -123.069 deg longitude, and 308 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of North Vancouver contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 873 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 199 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,007 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,750 feet).

The area within 2 miles of North Vancouver is covered by artificial surfaces (56%) and water (27%), within 10 miles by trees (43%) and artificial surfaces (32%), and within 50 miles by trees (45%) and water (30%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in North Vancouver, 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 are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in North Vancouver.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and North Vancouver according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at North Vancouver is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between North Vancouver and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Vancouver Harbour (CWHC, 52%, 5.1 kilometers, southwest); W Vancouver Automatic Weather Reporting System (CWWA, 39%, 10 kilometers, west); and P. Meadows Coastal Station Automatic Weather Reporting System (CWMM, 10%, 31 kilometers, southeast).

Other Data

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.

Disclaimer

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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.