Average Weather in Kelowna Canada
In Kelowna, the summers are warm, the winters are freezing, and it is dry and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 23°F to 85°F and is rarely below 7°F or above 94°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Kelowna for warm-weather activities is from early July to mid August.
The hot season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 10 to September 8, with an average daily high temperature above 75°F. The hottest day of the year is August 1, with an average high of 85°F and low of 56°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from November 15 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 43°F. The coldest day of the year is December 31, with an average low of 23°F and high of 32°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 Kelowna, 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 Kelowna begins around June 12 and lasts for 3.8 months, ending around October 6. On August 3, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 73% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 27% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 6 and lasts for 8.2 months, ending around June 12. On January 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 66% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 34% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Kelowna varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 8.6 months, from October 20 to July 7, with a greater than 17% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 24% on June 6.
The drier season lasts 3.4 months, from July 7 to October 20. The smallest chance of a wet day is 11% on August 10.
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 24% on June 6.
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. Kelowna experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.7 months, from March 20 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 9, with an average total accumulation of 1.4 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from December 12 to March 20. The least rain falls around January 15, with an average total accumulation of 0.3 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. Kelowna experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from November 19 to February 17, 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 31, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 9.1 months, from February 17 to November 19. The least snow falls around July 26, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Kelowna varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 5 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 16 hours, 21 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:48 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 3 hours, 7 minutes later at 7:55 AM on December 31. The earliest sunset is at 3:56 PM on December 11, and the latest sunset is 5 hours, 14 minutes later at 9:10 PM on June 25.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Kelowna during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The perceived humidity level in Kelowna, 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 Kelowna varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 5.9 months, from April 4 to October 1, with a peak percentage of 64% on June 30. The wind is most often from the south for 6.1 months, from October 1 to April 4, with a peak percentage of 54% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Kelowna 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 Kelowna for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
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 Kelowna for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.
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.
The growing season in Kelowna typically lasts for 5.3 months (161 days), from around April 29 to around October 7, rarely starting before April 8 or after May 18, and rarely ending before September 20 or after October 25.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Kelowna should appear around April 26, only rarely appearing before April 15 or after May 8.
Growing Degree Days
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 3.4 months, from May 9 to August 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 16, with an average of 7.2 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from October 24 to February 15, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 1.0 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Kelowna are 49.883 deg latitude, -119.486 deg longitude, and 1,145 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Kelowna contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 787 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,174 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (4,403 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (6,939 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Kelowna is covered by artificial surfaces (47%) and water (32%), within 10 miles by trees (33%) and sparse vegetation (26%), and within 50 miles by trees (68%) and sparse vegetation (16%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Kelowna, 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Kelowna.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Kelowna 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 Kelowna is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Kelowna and a given station.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .