The best times to visit Dawson City for ideal weather are
May 28th to July 29th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Dawson City Travel Guide
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Weather in Dawson City
Average temperatures in Dawson City vary an incredible amount. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 34th 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 Dawson City, the hottest months are July, June, and then August. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid June where highs are regularly around 75.3°F (24.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 45.4°F (7.4°C) at night.
Dawson City Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Dawson City 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.
Dawson City Perceived Temperature (F)
Dawson City Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Dawson City 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 Dawson City are April, March, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late October. For example, on the week of October 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 Dawson City? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to early to mid March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Dawson City is often around around March 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 Dawson City.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Dawson City (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
Dawson City has some very humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is May (37.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is October (78.2%).
Wind in Dawson City is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is May, followed by April and June. May’s average wind speed of around 3.9 knots (4.5 MPH or 7.3 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early June where average top sustained speeds reach 10.8 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Dawson City.
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||1.2||Barely noticeable||4.3||Light breeze|
|Feb||1.6||Barely noticeable||4.6||Light breeze|
|Mar||2.4||Barely noticeable||6.9||Light breeze|
|Apr||3.7||Barely noticeable||8.7||Gentle breeze|
|May||3.9||Barely noticeable||9.2||Light breeze|
|Jun||3.7||Barely noticeable||10||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||3.3||Barely noticeable||8.7||Light breeze|
|Aug||3||Barely noticeable||7.9||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||3||Barely noticeable||8.2||Light breeze|
|Oct||2.1||Barely noticeable||5.9||Light breeze|
|Nov||1.7||Barely noticeable||4.7||Light breeze|
|Dec||1.4||Barely noticeable||4.3||Light breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Dawson City?
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 Dawson City, YT, Canada is July, followed by August and June. 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 Dawson City in November. 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 Dawson City Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 71.3°F (21.8°C) and 11.5°F (-11.4°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 2 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 about 5 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Dawson City, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 62.5°F (16.9°C) and 1.1°F (-17.2°C), which will feel very chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 3 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is far too cold this time of year in Dawson City to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 11.5°F (-11.4°C) and -7.8°F (-22.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 3 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.