The best times to visit Fort McMurray for ideal weather are
September 17th to May 20th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Fort McMurray Travel Guide
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Weather in Fort McMurray
Average temperatures in Fort McMurray vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold all year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 26th 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 Fort McMurray, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid July where highs are regularly around 53.7°F (12.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 35.4°F (1.9°C) at night.
Fort McMurray Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Fort McMurray 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.
Fort McMurray Perceived Temperature (F)
Fort McMurray Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Fort McMurray 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 Fort McMurray are February, November, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late February and early March. For example, on the week of February 26th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early August with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of July 30th.
When can you find snow in Fort McMurray? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to mid February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Fort McMurray 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 Fort McMurray.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Fort McMurray (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
Fort McMurray has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is May (57.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (80.2%).
Wind in Fort McMurray is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by November and October. April’s average wind speed of around 5.4 knots (6.2 MPH or 10 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 late April where average top sustained speeds reach 11.2 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Fort McMurray.
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||4.6||Light breeze||8.9||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||4.4||Light breeze||8.1||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||4.7||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||5.4||Light breeze||10.7||Gentle breeze|
|May||4.8||Light breeze||10.3||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||4.7||Light breeze||10||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||4.4||Light breeze||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||4.4||Light breeze||9.1||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||4.5||Light breeze||9.2||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||4.9||Light breeze||9.4||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||5.3||Light breeze||9.4||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||4.4||Light breeze||8.2||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Fort McMurray?
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 Fort McMurray, AB, 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 Fort McMurray 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 Fort McMurray Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 42.1°F (5.6°C) and 14.4°F (-9.8°C) with 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 cold weather with high temperatures that are still jacket weather. These months see the most precipitation with 5 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Fort McMurray, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 46°F (7.8°C) and 12°F (-11.1°C), which will feel very chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 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 Fort McMurray to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 15.6°F (-9.1°C) and 5°F (-15°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: consistently 1 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.