WEATHER IN VICTORIA

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Victoria WeatherVictoria, BC, on Southern Vancouver Island is located in a temperate, sub-Mediterranean climate zone. This results in the mildest climate in Canada with comfortable dry summers with low humidity and onshore breezes to keep it cool; and winters where the temperature rarely falls below freezing. It is not surprising that Victoria is called the “Garden City”.

Victoria averages 308 days with some bright sunshine per year making it the 6th sunniest city in Canada. That’s 5 times more sunny days than Seattle and while the west coast is known for lots of rainfall, Victoria receives half that of Vancouver, BC which is located on the mainland. This temperate climate makes Victoria the ideal place for people who love the outdoors … no matter the season there’s always something to do outside!

What To Expect Seasonally

Spring

Cherry Blossoms on Moss St, Victoria, BC

Springs are mild and arrive very early compared to the rest of Canada – as early as February. Temperatures average from 11 – 15 ºC (52 – 60 ºF). Cherry blossoms, locally known as ‘Victoria Snow’, blanket the city while the majority of Canadians are still shovelling actual snow.

 

Summer

Islandview Beach

Island View Beach

Victoria summers are comfortably warm and generally quite dry. Temperatures rarely climb above 30ºC (86 ºF) and average in the low to mid 20’s (68 ºF). The cooling effect of the surrounding Pacific ocean keeps things comfortable. Evenings generally cool down to the mid-teens making for great sleeping.

Autumn

Victoria’s sunny summer generally extends though September with fall arriving later in the month. Deciduous trees do change colour, with more yellows than reds here on the west coast, but the lawns and golf courses stay green and lots of evergreen foliage remains lush throughout the winter. Fall brings average highs of 12 ºC. The rainy season begins from mid-October to November and Victoria can receive up to 147 mm of rain during this period.

Winter

 

West Song after a snowfall, Victoria, BC

West Song after a snowfall in January

While Victoria can receive considerable rainfall during January, February and March, with occasional light snowfall, it enjoys the mildest winter climate in Canada with the lowest rainfall on the west coast, allowing year round outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, boating and golfing.

 

 

 

 

Daily Temperature Chart for Victoria

Daily Temperature Chart Victoria-BC

 

What to Wear

 

Linda Hiking Gowland Todd, Victoria, BC

Linda Hiking in September

Victoria’s weather can change quickly, particularly in the spring, fall and winter, so be prepared. Summer temperatures are generally warm enough for short sleeves and shorts, but be sure to bring along sweaters and long pants for those cool evenings or days with cool onshore breezes. Victoria is surrounded by the ocean, but the water is cold, averaging 11 – 12 °C (52– 54 ºF) year round, but local lakes are warm, so pack your bathing suit and beach shoes. However, make sure you bring long a wind proof jacket and rain jacket for those cooler, damper days.

In winter, a waterproof breathable raincoat or medium-weight waterproof jacket is a good idea, preferably worn over warm layers. A good rain hat and/or an umbrella can also be a good accessory.

 

 

Checking the Local Weather

Victoria weatherThere are a number of good weather sites you can use to check the Victoria Weather, and the one you choose should be determined by the activities that you are going to be doing.

For general activities we recommend the following weather sites:

Environment Canada

Accuweather

For boating, kayaking, windsurfing, kite boarding and SUP, we recommend the following sites:

BigWaveDave

Environment Canada Marine Weather Forecast

Windfinder

For Tides and Currents:

Tide and Current Tables

 

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