Average Weather in Vancouver Canada
In Vancouver, the summers are short, comfortable, and partly cloudy and the winters are long, chilly, wet, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 35°F to 73°F and is rarely below 25°F or above 79°F.
The warm season lasts for 2.9 months, from June 15 to September 11, with an average daily high temperature above 67°F. The hottest day of the year is August 2, with an average high of 73°F and low of 59°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.8 months, from November 13 to March 6, with an average daily high temperature below 49°F. The coldest day of the year is January 2, with an average low of 35°F and high of 42°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 Vancouver, 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 Vancouver begins around June 10 and lasts for 3.7 months, ending around October 1. 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 1 and lasts for 8.3 months, ending around June 10. On January 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 74% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 26% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Vancouver varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 6.4 months, from October 9 to April 22, with a greater than 36% 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 59% on November 18.
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. Vancouver experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Vancouver. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 20, with an average total accumulation of 10.0 inches.
The least rain falls around July 31, with and average total accumulation of 1.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Vancouver does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Vancouver varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 11 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 16 hours, 15 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:06 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 3 hours, 1 minute later at 8:07 AM on December 31. The earliest sunset is at 4:13 PM on December 11, and the latest sunset is 5 hours, 8 minutes later at 9:22 PM on June 24.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Vancouver 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
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 in Vancouver, 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
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 in Vancouver experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from October 18 to April 10, with average wind speeds of more than 2.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.6 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.3 months, from April 10 to October 18. The calmest day of the year is August 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 1.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Vancouver varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 3.5 months, from April 1 to July 16; for 1.7 weeks, from August 11 to August 23; and for 1.6 weeks, from August 30 to September 10, with a peak percentage of 48% on June 21. The wind is most often from the west for 3.7 weeks, from July 16 to August 11; for 1.0 weeks, from August 23 to August 30; and for 1.7 weeks, from September 10 to September 22, with a peak percentage of 43% on July 20. The wind is most often from the east for 6.3 months, from September 22 to April 1, with a peak percentage of 52% on January 1.
Vancouver 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 15 to September 15, with an average temperature above 57°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 2, with an average temperature of 61°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.5 months, from November 20 to April 5, with an average temperature below 48°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is January 29, with an average temperature of 44°F.
Average Water Temperature
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 20, with an average of 6.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from October 21 to February 20, 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
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Vancouver are 49.250 deg latitude, -123.119 deg longitude, and 154 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Vancouver contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 417 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 197 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (4,209 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,730 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Vancouver is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (39%) and water (32%), and within 50 miles by trees (44%) and water (32%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Vancouver, 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Vancouver.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Vancouver 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 Vancouver is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Vancouver and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Vancouver Harbour (60%, 3.7 kilometers, north); Vancouver International Airport (31%, 8 kilometers, southwest); P. Meadows Coastal Station Automatic Weather Reporting System (4.5%, 32 kilometers, east); and White Rock Automatic Weather Reporting System (3.8%, 36 kilometers, southeast).
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.