The best times to visit Banff for ideal weather are
June 18th to September 16th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Banff Travel Guide
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Weather in Banff
Average temperatures in Banff vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 19th 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 Banff, the hottest months are July, August, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early August where highs are regularly around 64.5°F (18.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 53.6°F (12°C) at night.
Banff Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Banff Temperatures (Celsius)
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.
Banff Perceived Temperature (F)
Banff Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Banff 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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Banff are May, April, and then June. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid April. For example, on the week of April 16th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid to late November with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of November 19th.
When can you find snow in Banff? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around April, especially close to late March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Banff is often around around December 3rd 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 Banff.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Banff (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Banff has some very humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is May (73.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (80.5%).
Wind in Banff is usually stronger than many places. The windiest month is January, followed by December and November. January’s average wind speed of around 15.5 knots (17.8 MPH or 28.7 KPH) is considered “a moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early December where average top sustained speeds reach 27.6 knots, which is considered a strong breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Banff.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||15.5||Significant breeze||23.7||Very strong breeze|
|Feb||13.6||Significant breeze||20.9||Strong breeze|
|Mar||14.2||Significant breeze||22||Very strong breeze|
|Apr||11.1||Significant breeze||17.7||Strong breeze|
|May||10.5||Gentle breeze||16.9||Very strong breeze|
|Jun||9.7||Gentle breeze||15.4||Significant breeze|
|Jul||10.8||Gentle breeze||16.8||Very strong breeze|
|Aug||11.2||Significant breeze||17.9||Strong breeze|
|Sep||12.5||Significant breeze||18.9||Very strong breeze|
|Oct||14.4||Significant breeze||21.7||Strong breeze|
|Nov||14.5||Significant breeze||22.3||Very strong breeze|
|Dec||14.8||Significant breeze||23.3||Very strong breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Banff?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for the United Kingdom; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 06, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Banff, the United Kingdom is August, followed by July and September. 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 Banff 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
Overall Banff Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 59.5°F (15.3°C) and 46.3°F (7.9°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 7 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 brisk. These months see moderate precipitation with 6 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Banff, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 60.6°F (15.9°C) and 44.9°F (7.2°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 6 to 11 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 too cold this time of year in Banff to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 46.8°F (8.2°C) and 42.7°F (5.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 7 to 10 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.