Average Weather in Kitimat Canada
In Kitimat, the summers are comfortable and mostly cloudy; the winters are long, very cold, and overcast; and it is wet year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 27°F to 73°F and is rarely below 10°F or above 84°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Kitimat for warm-weather activities is from mid July to mid August.
The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 4 to September 6, with an average daily high temperature above 65°F. The hottest day of the year is July 31, with an average high of 73°F and low of 56°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.9 months, from November 10 to March 7, with an average daily high temperature below 42°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 27°F and high of 34°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 Kitimat, 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 Kitimat begins around April 28 and lasts for 4.5 months, ending around September 13. On July 31, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 44% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 56% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 13 and lasts for 7.5 months, ending around April 28. On October 23, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 82% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 18% 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 Kitimat varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.9 months, from September 30 to March 25, with a greater than 55% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 71% on November 4.
The drier season lasts 6.1 months, from March 25 to September 30. The smallest chance of a wet day is 38% on July 31.
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 69% on November 1.
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. Kitimat experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Kitimat. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around October 28, with an average total accumulation of 10.1 inches.
The least rain falls around July 24, with an average total accumulation of 3.3 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. Kitimat experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from October 28 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 January 7, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.4 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from March 25 to October 28. The least snow falls around July 29, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Kitimat varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 22 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 17 hours, 10 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:01 AM on June 17, and the latest sunrise is 3 hours, 53 minutes later at 8:54 AM on December 29. The earliest sunset is at 4:11 PM on December 13, and the latest sunset is 5 hours, 60 minutes later at 10:11 PM on June 24.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Kitimat 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 Kitimat, 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
The average hourly wind speed in Kitimat experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from October 28 to March 25, with average wind speeds of more than 4.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 29, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.1 months, from March 25 to October 28. The calmest day of the year is August 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Kitimat varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 3.6 months, from March 14 to July 2 and for 4.3 months, from August 8 to December 16, with a peak percentage of 55% on October 22. The wind is most often from the west for 1.2 months, from July 2 to August 8, with a peak percentage of 41% on July 19. The wind is most often from the east for 2.9 months, from December 16 to March 14, with a peak percentage of 47% on January 1.
Kitimat 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 2.4 months, from July 1 to September 14, with an average temperature above 54°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 8, with an average temperature of 56°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 5.0 months, from November 28 to April 27, with an average temperature below 46°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is March 1, with an average temperature of 43°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Kitimat 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 Kitimat for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.
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 Kitimat for hot-weather activities is from late July to early 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 Kitimat typically lasts for 6.8 months (207 days), from around April 13 to around November 6, rarely starting before March 20 or after May 3, and rarely ending before October 13 or after November 25.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Kitimat should appear around May 22, only rarely appearing before May 8 or after June 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 3.6 months, from April 29 to August 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 8, with an average of 5.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from October 15 to February 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 16, with an average of 0.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Kitimat are 54.052 deg latitude, -128.653 deg longitude, and 118 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Kitimat contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 463 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 139 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (5,125 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,976 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Kitimat is covered by trees (49%), sparse vegetation (21%), and grassland (19%), within 10 miles by trees (80%), and within 50 miles by trees (57%) and sparse vegetation (13%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Kitimat, 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 Kitimat.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Kitimat 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 Kitimat is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Kitimat and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Northwest Regional Airport Terrace-Kitimat (77%, 47 kilometers, north) and Holland Rock Automatic Weather Reporting System (23%, 111 kilometers, west).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .