Average Weather in Quesnel Canada
In Quesnel, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing, snowy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 12°F to 78°F and is rarely below -13°F or above 88°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 23 to September 12, with an average daily high temperature above 67°F. The hottest day of the year is August 3, with an average high of 78°F and low of 50°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 17 to February 20, with an average daily high temperature below 36°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 12°F and high of 25°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, 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 Quesnel, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Quesnel begins around May 17 and lasts for 4.6 months, ending around October 5. On August 4, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 62% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 38% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 5 and lasts for 7.4 months, ending around May 17. On January 27, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 74% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 26% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Quesnel varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 9.4 months, from September 30 to July 11, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 34% on November 1.
The drier season lasts 2.6 months, from July 11 to September 30. The smallest chance of a wet day is 16% on August 5.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation in Quesnel changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 9.5 months, from February 12 to November 29. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 29% on June 24.
Snow alone is the most common for 2.5 months, from November 29 to February 12. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 16% on December 24.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Quesnel experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.0 months, from March 11 to December 12, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 28, with an average total accumulation of 1.7 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from December 12 to March 11. The least rain falls around February 19, with an average total accumulation of 0.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
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. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Quesnel experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.3 months, from October 17 to March 25, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around December 27, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.9 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.7 months, from March 25 to October 17. The least snow falls around July 27, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Quesnel varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 34 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 16 hours, 56 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:43 AM on June 17, and the latest sunrise is 3 hours, 40 minutes later at 8:23 AM on December 29. The earliest sunset is at 3:53 PM on December 13, and the latest sunset is 5 hours, 47 minutes later at 9:39 PM on June 24.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Quesnel during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The perceived humidity level in Quesnel, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Quesnel varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 4.6 months, from May 1 to September 18, with a peak percentage of 45% on July 15. The wind is most often from the south for 7.5 months, from September 18 to May 1, with a peak percentage of 54% on January 1.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from April 30 to August 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.3 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 11, with an average of 6.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from October 22 to February 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.8 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 0.6 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Quesnel are 52.978 deg latitude, -122.493 deg longitude, and 1,880 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Quesnel contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 610 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,733 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,703 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (5,545 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Quesnel is covered by sparse vegetation (36%), trees (31%), and bare soil (11%), within 10 miles by trees (70%) and shrubs (10%), and within 50 miles by trees (72%) and shrubs (17%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Quesnel, 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 Quesnel.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Quesnel 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 Quesnel is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Quesnel and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Quesnel Airport (98%, 5.4 kilometers, north); Williams Lake Airport (1.5%, 93 kilometers, south); and Puntzi Mountain Airport (0.8%, 148 kilometers, southwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .