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Climate and Average Weather Year Round at Whitecourt , Alta. Canada

At Whitecourt , Alta., the summers are long, comfortable, and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing, snowy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 4°F to 74°F and is rarely below -20°F or above 84°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Whitecourt , Alta. for warm-weather activities is from early July to mid August.

Climate at Whitecourt , Alta.

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Whitecourt , Alta. weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

Average Temperature at Whitecourt , Alta.

The warm season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 19 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 63°F. The hottest day of the year is August 4, with an average high of 74°F and low of 51°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 17 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 31°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 4°F and high of 20°F.

Average High and Low Temperature at Whitecourt , Alta.

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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 at Whitecourt , Alta.

Average Hourly Temperature at Whitecourt , Alta.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfrigidfrigidfrigidfrigidfreezingfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcoolcoolcomfortable
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.

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Clouds

At Whitecourt , Alta., 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 Whitecourt , Alta. begins around June 26 and lasts for 3.6 months, ending around October 12. On August 4, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 58% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 42% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 12 and lasts for 8.4 months, ending around June 26. On February 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 70% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 30% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories at Whitecourt , Alta.

Cloud Cover Categories at Whitecourt , Alta.clearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 458%Aug 458%Feb 2030%Feb 2030%Jun 2644%Jun 2644%Oct 1245%Oct 1245%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
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. The chance of wet days at Whitecourt , Alta. varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.8 months, from May 11 to September 5, with a greater than 22% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 38% on June 30.

The drier season lasts 8.2 months, from September 5 to May 11. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on February 15.

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 at Whitecourt , Alta. changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 7.4 months, from March 26 to November 5. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 38% on June 30.

Snow alone is the most common for 4.6 months, from November 5 to March 26. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 11% on January 14.

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Whitecourt , Alta.

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Whitecourt , Alta.snowrainsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jun 3038%Jun 3038%Feb 156%Feb 156%Mar 2610%Mar 2610%Nov 512%Nov 512%Jan 111%Jan 111%May 1122%May 1122%Sep 522%Sep 522%NowNowsnowrainmixed
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. Whitecourt , Alta. experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.3 months, from April 9 to October 18, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 1, with an average total accumulation of 3.4 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from October 18 to April 9. The least rain falls around December 17, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall at Whitecourt , Alta.

Average Monthly Rainfall at Whitecourt , Alta.rainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 in5 in5 in6 in6 in7 in7 inJul 13.4 inJul 13.4 inDec 170.0 inDec 170.0 inApr 90.5 inApr 90.5 inOct 180.5 inOct 180.5 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. Whitecourt , Alta. experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from October 5 to April 21, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around November 23, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.5 months, from April 21 to October 5. The least snow falls around July 16, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall at Whitecourt , Alta.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall at Whitecourt , Alta.snowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.0 in0.5 in0.5 in1.0 in1.0 in1.5 in1.5 in2.0 in2.0 in2.5 in2.5 in3.0 in3.0 in3.5 in3.5 inNov 230.4 inNov 230.4 inJul 160.0 inJul 160.0 inJan 90.4 inJan 90.4 inOct 50.1 inOct 50.1 inApr 210.1 inApr 210.1 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 Whitecourt , Alta. varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 21 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 17 hours, 11 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Whitecourt , Alta.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Whitecourt , Alta.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 9 minMar 2012 hr, 9 minMar 2017 hr, 11 minJun 2017 hr, 11 minJun 2012 hr, 11 minSep 2212 hr, 11 minSep 227 hr, 21 minDec 217 hr, 21 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow
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 5:09 AM on June 17, and the latest sunrise is 3 hours, 54 minutes later at 9:03 AM on December 28. The earliest sunset is at 4:19 PM on December 13, and the latest sunset is 6 hours, 1 minute later at 10:20 PM on June 24.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Whitecourt , Alta. during 2021, starting in the spring on March 14, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 7.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time at Whitecourt , Alta.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time at Whitecourt , Alta.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 175:09 AMJun 175:09 AM10:20 PMJun 2410:20 PMJun 24Dec 134:19 PMDec 134:19 PM9:03 AMDec 289:03 AMDec 28Mar 14DSTMar 14DSTDSTNov 7DSTNov 7daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2021. 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.

Moon

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 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.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases at Whitecourt , Alta.

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 perceived humidity level at Whitecourt , Alta., 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 at Whitecourt , Alta.

Humidity Comfort Levels at Whitecourt , Alta.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jan 230%Jan 230%Jul 310%Jul 310%NowNowdrydry
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 at Whitecourt , Alta. experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 8.7 months, from September 15 to June 6, with average wind speeds of more than 5.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.6 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 3.3 months, from June 6 to September 15. The calmest day of the year is August 12, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.5 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed at Whitecourt , Alta.

Average Wind Speed at Whitecourt , Alta.windywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph1 mph1 mph2 mph2 mph3 mph3 mph4 mph4 mph5 mph5 mph6 mph6 mph7 mph7 mph8 mph8 mph9 mph9 mphApr 135.6 mphApr 135.6 mphAug 124.5 mphAug 124.5 mphJun 65.0 mphJun 65.0 mphNowNow
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 Whitecourt , Alta. is from the west throughout the year.

Wind Direction at Whitecourt , Alta.

Wind Direction at Whitecourt , Alta.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwesteastnorthsouth
northeastsouthwest
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).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Whitecourt , Alta. 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 Whitecourt , Alta. for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Tourism Score at Whitecourt , Alta.

Tourism Score at Whitecourt , Alta.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810104.84.80.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature tourism 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 Whitecourt , Alta. for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Beach/Pool Score at Whitecourt , Alta.

Beach/Pool Score at Whitecourt , Alta.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810101.51.50.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudsclouds
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 Whitecourt , Alta. typically lasts for 4.0 months (123 days), from around May 16 to around September 16, rarely starting before April 28 or after June 3, and rarely ending before August 30 or after October 2.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Whitecourt , Alta.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Whitecourt , Alta.growing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%May 1650%May 1650%Sep 1650%Sep 1650%Jun 390%Jun 390%Aug 3090%Aug 3090%Apr 2810%Apr 2810%Oct 210%Oct 210%0%Nov 260%Nov 26Jul 16100%Jul 16100%NowNowfrigidfreezingvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarm
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.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Whitecourt , Alta. should appear around May 13, only rarely appearing before April 30 or after May 24.

Growing Degree Days at Whitecourt , Alta.

Growing Degree Days at Whitecourt , Alta.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F200°F200°F400°F400°F600°F600°F800°F800°F1,000°F1,000°F1,200°F1,200°F1,400°F1,400°FMay 1390°FMay 1390°FAug 9900°FAug 9900°FDec 311,279°FDec 311,279°FNowNow
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 3.8 months, from April 27 to August 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 10, with an average of 6.3 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from October 25 to February 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.8 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 0.6 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Whitecourt , Alta.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Whitecourt , Alta.brightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhJul 106.3 kWhJul 106.3 kWhDec 200.6 kWhDec 200.6 kWhApr 275.2 kWhApr 275.2 kWhAug 205.2 kWhAug 205.2 kWhOct 251.8 kWhOct 251.8 kWhFeb 161.8 kWhFeb 161.8 kWhNowNow
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 Whitecourt , Alta. are 54.150 deg latitude, -115.783 deg longitude, and 2,497 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Whitecourt , Alta. contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 331 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,417 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,631 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,828 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Whitecourt , Alta. is covered by trees (68%) and cropland (23%), within 10 miles by trees (87%), and within 50 miles by trees (70%) and cropland (20%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Whitecourt , Alta., 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

Whitecourt , Alta. 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 Whitecourt Airport, Edson Climate, Edson Airport, Violet Grove, Tomahawk AGDM, Edmonton/Villeneuve Airport, High Prairie AGDM, and Highvale.

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

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.