Vancouver weather is infamously wet, yet mild year-round. As Canadian journalist Allan Fotheringham put it, "Vancouver is the Canadian city with the best climate and the worst weather." From high 70's Fahrenheit (mid-20's Celsius) in summer to mid-40's Fahrenheit (about 7° Celsius) in winter, the climate is seldom unpleasant. Winters are wet, but snow is rare, except on local ski hills.
Winter in Vancouver
Winter in Vancouver delivers little snow but is wet, with large amounts of precipitation in the form of rain and slush. Pack accordingly. One thing for visitors to be aware of is the phenomenon of flash freezing, which occurs when precipitation arrives and temperatures drop below freezing, and can make for challenging driving conditions, especially in a rental car. Nearby Whistler, however, gets loads of winter snow and is a major ski destination through May.
Spring in Vancouver
Spring in Vancouver comes early, with February seeing the arrival of tulips and temperatures on average staying above O°C (32°F). Wet weather is the norm, so pack water-resistant gear and an umbrella. Layers help for suddenly changing weather.
All the rain contributes to one of the most lovely aspects of spring in Vancouver, however: the blossoming of the cherry trees, something that is celebrated across the city.
Summer in Vancouver
Summer in Vancouver, like the other seasons, has relatively moderate weather, with less humidity than eastern cities like Toronto and Montreal. Daytime temperatures run around to the high 70's Fahrenheit (mid-20's Celsius) but bring a sweater for cooler evenings.
Autumn in Vancouver
Autumn in Vancouver sees the city's rain slow down. Temperatures remain moderate compared to the rest of the country, staying in the 40's°F (4-10 °C). September to November is a great time to visit as the weather is pleasant and airfares and hotel rates drop.
Average Temperatures in Vancouver
Average low / high temperatures in Vancouver throughout the year:
January: 34 / 44°F (1 / 7°C)
February: 35 / 47°F (2 / 8°C)
March: 38 / 51°F (3 / 10°C)
April: 42 / 56°F (6 / 13°C)
May: 48 / 62°F (9 / 17°C)
June: 53 / 67°F (12 / 20°C)
July: 57 / 72°F (14 / 22°C)
August: 57 / 72°F (14 / 22°C)
September: 51 / 66°F (11 / 19°C)
October: 45 / 56°F (7 / 14°)
November: 38 / 48°F (3 / 9°C)
December: 34 / 43°F (1 / 6°C)