Climate in British Columbia

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures

All climate diagrams on this site result from the collected data from 24 measuring weather stations in British Columbia.
Weather stations at an altitude above 880m have not been included.
All data correspond to the average monthly values of the last 20 years.

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British Columbia is one of the warmest regions in Canada with an average daily high temperature of 11 degrees. The climate widely corresponds to Central European weather conditions. It is cold, wet and a few beautiful summer months are also happening during a year. It rarely gets really warm up here. Due to the warmer temperatures, the best time for traveling is from May to September. Winter athletes will find their favorite weather conditions from November to February.
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Sunshine hours per day
The number of hours of sunshine refers to the time when the sun is actually visible. That is, without any obstruction of visibility by clouds, fog or mountains. With 9 hours per day, August is the sunniest month in the region of British Columbia. In December, the sun shines the least.
Rain days per month
A rain day is a day on which at least 0.1 mm precipitation (=0.1 liter) per square meter falls. This can be rain, snow, hail or even dew. So it does not have to rain the whole day. With 11 rain days, January offers the most rain days, while August has the fewest.
Precipitation amount in mm/day
The amount of precipitation is measured in millimeters per square meter. Thus, at two mm/day, two liters of water fall on one square meter within 24 hours. With only 1.5 mm, the least amount of rain falls in August. November, on the other hand, has the most rain.
Relative humidity in %
Warm air can absorb more moisture than cold air. The relative humidity indicates how much moisture can be physically contained in the air. At high humidity, a person feels uncomfortable and perceives this as oppressive. In general, a relative humidity of 40-60% feels pleasant. With only 70% humidity on average, it is quite dry in May. The highest value of 85% is experienced here in November.
Absolute humidity in g/m³
In warm months, there is also a higher absolute humidity almost everywhere. At a temperature of 25°C, air can absorb up to 23 grams of water per cubic meter. At 20°C, it is only 17.3 grams. A relative humidity of 40% at 25°C thus corresponds to an absolute humidity of 9.2 grams of water. From a proportion of approx. 13.5 grams, humans perceive the air as muggy.
Map of British Columbia

Most important cities in the region »British Columbia«

Alone 2 major cities with over 600,000 inhabitants are located here. The region has a west-east extension of about 1020 km and over 1160 km from north to south.

CityPopulationGeo position
Vancouver693,23549° 14' 59"N123° 7' 10"W
Surrey614,64649° 6' 23"N122° 49' 30"W
Burnaby260,91849° 15' 59"N122° 57' 9"W
Richmond216,28049° 10' 12"N123° 8' 13"W
Abbotsford165,07049° 3' 29"N122° 15' 9"W
Coquitlam154,38149° 16' 59"N122° 45' 9"W
Kelowna149,68749° 52' 59"N119° 29' 8"W
Langley137,39949° 4' 59"N122° 35' 9"W
Anmore126,45649° 18' 59"N122° 51' 9"W
Delta113,69549° 8' 38"N122° 54' 24"W
Nanaimo101,98749° 9' 59"N123° 56' 24"W
Kamloops101,60350° 39' 59"N120° 19' 9"W
Chilliwack95,79849° 9' 59"N121° 57' 9"W
Victoria94,89048° 25' 59"N123° 22' 9"W
Maple Ridge70,00049° 13' 10"N122° 36' 7"W
White Rock66,45049° 0' 59"N122° 48' 9"W
Prince George65,55853° 54' 60"N122° 45' 11"W
New Westminster58,54949° 12' 24"N122° 54' 39"W
North Vancouver48,00049° 18' 59"N123° 4' 10"W
Vernon47,27450° 16' 2"N119° 16' 24"W
West End44,56049° 16' 60"N123° 7' 60"W
West Vancouver42,69449° 22' 0"N123° 9' 59"W
Penticton37,72149° 28' 50"N119° 35' 9"W
Campbell River33,43050° 0' 59"N125° 14' 41"W
Courtenay32,79349° 41' 12"N124° 59' 37"W
North Cowichan32,27248° 50' 29"N123° 41' 9"W
West Kelowna28,79349° 51' 45"N119° 34' 60"W
Port Moody27,51249° 16' 59"N122° 51' 9"W
Langley23,60649° 6' 4"N122° 39' 32"W
Langford22,45948° 26' 59"N123° 30' 9"W

Data basis: German Weather Service, individual values averaged and supplemented by own elements. Data on cities and inhabitants:, United Nations Statistics Division and own research.
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