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Average Weather at Abbotsford International Airport Canada

At Abbotsford International Airport, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy and the winters are very cold, wet, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 33°F to 78°F and is rarely below 21°F or above 88°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Abbotsford International Airport for warm-weather activities is from mid July to late August.

Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 18 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest day of the year is August 3, with an average high of 78°F and low of 56°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 14 to February 19, with an average daily high temperature below 49°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 33°F and high of 42°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

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 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

Average Hourly Temperature at Abbotsford International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldcoldcoldcoolvery coldcomfortablewarm
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: 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 shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Droué, France (4,935 miles away) and Köln, Germany (4,916 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Abbotsford International Airport (view comparison).

Clouds

At Abbotsford International Airport, 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 at Abbotsford International Airport begins around June 14 and lasts for 3.6 months, ending around October 2. On August 3, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 71% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 29% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 2 and lasts for 8.4 months, ending around June 14. On January 14, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 73% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 27% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories at Abbotsford International AirportclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 371%Aug 371%Jan 1427%Jan 1427%Jun 1449%Jun 1449%Oct 250%Oct 250%clearovercastmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudy
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Abbotsford International Airport varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 6.4 months, from October 9 to April 22, with a greater than 35% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 60% on November 18.

The drier season lasts 5.6 months, from April 22 to October 9. The smallest chance of a wet day is 11% 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 throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 58% on November 16.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Abbotsford International AirportwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Nov 1860%Nov 1860%Aug 511%Aug 511%Jan 152%Jan 152%Oct 935%Oct 935%Apr 2235%Apr 2235%rainsnowmixed
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 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. Abbotsford International Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year at Abbotsford International Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 18, with an average total accumulation of 8.2 inches.

The least rain falls around July 31, with an average total accumulation of 0.9 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall at Abbotsford International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in2 in4 in6 in8 in10 in12 in14 inNov 188.2 inNov 188.2 inJul 310.9 inJul 310.9 in
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. 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. Abbotsford International Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from November 14 to March 12, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 3, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.5 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.1 months, from March 12 to November 14. The least snow falls around July 12, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall at Abbotsford International AirportsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in2 in4 in6 in8 inJan 30.5 inJan 30.5 inJul 120.0 inJul 120.0 inNov 140.1 inNov 140.1 inMar 120.1 inMar 120.1 in
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

The length of the day at Abbotsford International Airport varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 13 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 16 hours, 13 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Abbotsford International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 8 minMar 2012 hr, 8 minMar 2016 hr, 13 minJun 2016 hr, 13 minJun 2012 hr, 10 minSep 2212 hr, 10 minSep 228 hr, 13 minDec 218 hr, 13 minDec 21nightnightday
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 earliest sunrise is at 5:04 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 59 minutes later at 8:03 AM on December 31. The earliest sunset is at 4:11 PM on December 11, and the latest sunset is 5 hours, 6 minutes later at 9:18 PM on June 25.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Abbotsford International Airport 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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time at Abbotsford International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 165:04 AMJun 165:04 AM9:18 PMJun 259:18 PMJun 25Dec 114:11 PMDec 114:11 PM8:03 AMDec 318:03 AMDec 31Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. 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. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

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 perceived humidity level at Abbotsford International Airport, 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, staying within 1% of 1% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels at Abbotsford International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Nov 150%Nov 150%Aug 51%Aug 51%drydrycomfortablecomfortable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

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 at Abbotsford International Airport experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from October 19 to April 9, with average wind speeds of more than 4.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 5, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.4 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 6.3 months, from April 9 to October 19. The calmest day of the year is August 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 2.9 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed at Abbotsford International AirportwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mphDec 55.4 mphDec 55.4 mphAug 102.9 mphAug 102.9 mphOct 194.1 mphOct 194.1 mphApr 94.1 mphApr 94.1 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction at Abbotsford International Airport varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 8.2 months, from March 12 to November 19, with a peak percentage of 55% on June 23. The wind is most often from the east for 3.8 months, from November 19 to March 12, with a peak percentage of 54% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction at Abbotsford International AirportESEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%southeastwestnorth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 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

Abbotsford International Airport 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 water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.0 months, from June 17 to September 17, with an average temperature above 56°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 2, with an average temperature of 59°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.5 months, from November 23 to April 7, with an average temperature below 48°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is January 29, with an average temperature of 45°F.

Average Water Temperature

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

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Abbotsford International Airport throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Abbotsford International Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid July to late August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score at Abbotsford International Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.56.50.00.0precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Abbotsford International Airport for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score at Abbotsford International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468102.02.00.00.0precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

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 at Abbotsford International Airport typically lasts for 7.2 months (221 days), from around March 28 to around November 4, rarely starting before March 7 or after April 22, and rarely ending before October 13 or after November 27.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Abbotsford International Airportgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Mar 2850%Mar 2850%Nov 450%Nov 490%Apr 2290%Apr 2290%Oct 1390%Oct 1310%Mar 710%Mar 710%Nov 2710%Nov 270%Jan 220%Jan 22Jul 23100%Jul 23100%coldcoolvery coldcomfortablewarmfreezing
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: 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 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.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Abbotsford International Airport should appear around April 23, only rarely appearing before April 7 or after May 8.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days at Abbotsford International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F500°F1,000°F1,500°F2,000°FApr 2390°FApr 2390°FJul 22900°FJul 22900°FOct 51,800°FOct 51,800°FDec 311,903°FDec 311,903°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, 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 experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from May 12 to August 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 21, with an average of 6.6 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from October 22 to February 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 0.8 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Abbotsford International AirportbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJul 216.6 kWhJul 216.6 kWhDec 250.8 kWhDec 250.8 kWhMay 125.5 kWhMay 125.5 kWhAug 215.5 kWhAug 215.5 kWhOct 222.0 kWhOct 222.0 kWhFeb 192.0 kWhFeb 192.0 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 Abbotsford International Airport are 49.025 deg latitude, -122.377 deg longitude, and 210 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Abbotsford International Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 262 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 211 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,894 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (10,771 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Abbotsford International Airport is covered by cropland (37%), shrubs (30%), and herbaceous vegetation (20%), within 10 miles by cropland (59%) and trees (21%), and within 50 miles by trees (50%) and water (22%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Abbotsford International Airport, 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

Abbotsford International Airport has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.

In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.

The stations on which we may fall back include but are not limited to Bellingham International Airport, P. Meadows Coastal Station Automatic Weather Reporting System, White Rock Automatic Weather Reporting System, Bay View Airport, Orcas Island Airport, Agassiz Automated Reporting Station, Saturna Island Meteorological Aeronautical Presentation System, and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , 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 aiports 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

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.