Average Weather in Olds Canada
In Olds, the summers are comfortable, the winters are freezing and dry, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 6°F to 73°F and is rarely below -19°F or above 83°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Olds for warm-weather activities is from early July to mid August.
The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 23 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 64°F. The hottest day of the year is July 26, with an average high of 73°F and low of 49°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.7 months, from November 20 to March 10, with an average daily high temperature below 34°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 6°F and high of 24°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 Olds, 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 Olds begins around June 23 and lasts for 3.6 months, ending around October 9. On July 29, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 65% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 35% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 9 and lasts for 8.4 months, ending around June 23. On February 4, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 65% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 35% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Olds varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.1 months, from May 6 to September 9, with a greater than 20% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 36% on June 20.
The drier season lasts 7.9 months, from September 9 to May 6. The smallest chance of a wet day is 4% on February 1.
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 Olds changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 7.0 months, from March 31 to October 31. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 36% on June 20.
Snow alone is the most common for 5.0 months, from October 31 to March 31. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 7% on November 20.
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. Olds experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from April 11 to October 11, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 19, with an average total accumulation of 3.0 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from October 11 to April 11. The least rain falls around January 2, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 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. Olds experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.8 months, from September 30 to May 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 November 20, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from May 25 to September 30. The least snow falls around July 3, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Olds varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 47 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 16 hours, 42 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:16 AM on June 17, and the latest sunrise is 3 hours, 27 minutes later at 8:43 AM on December 30. The earliest sunset is at 4:25 PM on December 12, and the latest sunset is 5 hours, 34 minutes later at 9:59 PM on June 24.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Olds 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
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
The perceived humidity level in Olds, 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
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Olds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 8.2 months, from October 2 to June 7, with average wind speeds of more than 7.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 12, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 3.8 months, from June 7 to October 2. The calmest day of the year is August 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Olds is from the west throughout the year.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Olds 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 Olds 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 Olds for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
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 Olds typically lasts for 3.7 months (112 days), from around May 27 to around September 16, rarely starting before May 3 or after June 17, and rarely ending before August 28 or after October 2.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Olds should appear around May 14, only rarely appearing before May 1 or after May 26.
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 3.7 months, from April 29 to August 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 9, with an average of 6.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from October 27 to February 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 0.9 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Olds are 51.783 deg latitude, -114.102 deg longitude, and 3,409 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Olds contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 131 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,379 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (577 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (4,229 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Olds is covered by cropland (85%) and artificial surfaces (15%), within 10 miles by cropland (97%), and within 50 miles by cropland (73%) and trees (16%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Olds, 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 Olds.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Olds 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 Olds is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Olds and a given station.
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .