For the most part, Vancouver has a moderate climate, with few extremes. Severe weather is rare and with the exception of higher levels and mountains even the winter months generally only experience a few days of snow. While Vancouver has a reputation as a rainy city, it typically is very dry during July and August. Take a look at our Vancouver Climate chart and read on for more information about the kind of weather to be prepared for during your visit to Vancouver.
Vancouver Climate by Month
|Month||Avg Low||Avg High||Avg Days with Rain||Avg Days with Snow|
Average Annual Precipitation: 47 Inches
Average Annual Days with Precipitation: 169
Average Annual Hours of Sunshine: 1938
Best Months to Visit Vancouver: July, August and September
As you can see from the above chart, the best months to visit Vancouver are July, August and September followed by April, May, June and October. November is usually the wettest month of the entire year. September can be an ideal time to visit the city as the weather is generally mild with plenty of sunshine and the busiest part of the tourist season is out of the way. With the help of its northern latitude and Daylight Savings Time, daylight hours are long during the summertime with the sun not going down until well after 9pm on the longest days of the year.
A simple rule when visiting Vancouver is to make sure you have an umbrella, but as you can see from the chart there are plenty of dry and sunny days during the summer months which continue into September and sometimes part way into October before the rainy season really takes hold. Also keep in mind when studying the chart that many of the days with rain, may also have sunny breaks. It only takes a quick rain shower to trigger the day with rain figure.
The temperatures on the above chart are based on Vancouver Airport which is moderated by its proximity to the water. During the summer months you can usually expect it to be a couple of degrees warmer at locations that are a few miles inland.
Because of its moderate climate Vancouver can be enjoyed at any time of the year. While it usually doesn't get much snow in the winter, there are exceptions. When it does snow it can have a significant effect on getting around because of the many hills throughout the city. Cars and buses can have problems and sometimes even the SkyTrain can have problems since much of the system is on elevated tracks that are exposed to the weather. For the most part though, the SkyTrain system is not affected by snow.
Thunderstorms are not very common, however Pacific low pressure systems can bring in strong blustery winds accompanied by significant rainfall. Those systems occur most frequently from Novemember through March.
Temperature extremes are rare, but there are usually a few days in the summer that reach into the low to mid 30°C range. Winter lows can get down around -10°C during the occasional cold snap. The coldest temperature on record was 18°C, but you are highly unlikely to experience that.
We hope you find the above information helpful when planning your visit to Vancouver.