The best times to visit Alberta for ideal weather are

June 18th to September 2nd

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Alberta Travel Info

Weather in Alberta

Temperature

Average temperatures in Alberta vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 35th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Alberta, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 75.8°F (24.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 49.5°F (9.7°C) at night.

Alberta Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Alberta Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Alberta Perceived Temperature (F)

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Alberta Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Alberta Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 25.7 14.8 5.3
Feb 26.6 14.6 4.4
Mar 36.3 24.3 13.9
Apr 49.1 36.6 25.1
May 62.3 48.9 35.4
Jun 68.8 56.3 43.7
Jul 75.3 61.7 48.4
Aug 73.9 59.4 46.1
Sep 67.2 51.8 38.4
Oct 52.9 39.9 29.2
Nov 34.6 23.8 14.8
Dec 21.7 11.5 2.5

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -3.5 -9.6 -14.8
Feb -3 -9.7 -15.3
Mar 2.4 -4.3 -10.1
Apr 9.5 2.6 -3.8
May 16.8 9.4 1.9
Jun 20.4 13.5 6.5
Jul 24.1 16.5 9.1
Aug 23.3 15.2 7.8
Sep 19.6 11 3.6
Oct 11.6 4.4 -1.6
Nov 1.4 -4.6 -9.6
Dec -5.7 -11.4 -16.4

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Alberta are February, March, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late January. For example, on the week of January 22nd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid June with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of June 18th.

When can you find snow in Alberta? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to late March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Alberta is often around around February 12th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Alberta.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Alberta (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 6% 9.7 0.7
Feb 5% 9.7 0.6
Mar 6% 9.9 0.7
Apr 9% 6.6 1.1
May 13% 2.6 1.8
Jun 22% 2.9 2.9
Jul 18% 7.2 2.5
Aug 14% 2.8 1.9
Sep 10% 1.9 1.3
Oct 7% 1.8 0.9
Nov 8% 3.6 0.8
Dec 7% 6.9 0.9

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 6 24.6 1.8
Feb 5 24.6 1.5
Mar 6 25.1 1.8
Apr 9 16.8 2.8
May 13 6.6 4.6
Jun 22 7.4 7.4
Jul 18 18.3 6.4
Aug 14 7.1 4.8
Sep 10 4.8 3.3
Oct 7 4.6 2.3
Nov 8 9.1 2
Dec 7 17.5 2.3

 

Humidity and Wind

Alberta has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is May (45% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (68.9%).

Wind in Alberta is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and January. April’s average wind speed of around 6.6 knots (7.6 MPH or 12.2 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid April where average top sustained speeds reach 14.9 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Alberta.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Max Sustained Wind
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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 6.2 Light breeze 12.8 Significant breeze
Feb 5.4 Light breeze 11.4 Significant breeze
Mar 5.9 Light breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Apr 6.6 Light breeze 13.6 Significant breeze
May 6.2 Light breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
Jun 5.6 Light breeze 12.3 Significant breeze
Jul 5.2 Light breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Aug 4.8 Light breeze 10.8 Gentle breeze
Sep 5.3 Light breeze 11.8 Significant breeze
Oct 5.8 Light breeze 12.3 Significant breeze
Nov 5.8 Light breeze 11.9 Significant breeze
Dec 5.4 Light breeze 11.1 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 63.3%
Feb 63.6%
Mar 58.5%
Apr 50.2%
May 45%
Jun 55.5%
Jul 57.6%
Aug 58.4%
Sep 54.4%
Oct 57.6%
Nov 65.4%
Dec 68.9%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Alberta?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Canada; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Oct 07, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Alberta, Canada is July, followed by June and August. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Alberta in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 46.8 in December means 46.8% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Alberta Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 65.9°F (18.8°C) and 25.6°F (-3.6°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 4 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Alberta, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 68.1°F (20.1°C) and 28.1°F (-2.2°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 3 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Alberta to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 30.6°F (-0.8°C) and 19.4°F (-7°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 2 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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