The best times to visit Kootenay Rockies for ideal weather are

May 28th to September 23rd

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

 

 


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Weather in Kootenay Rockies

Temperature

Average temperatures in Kootenay Rockies vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 33rd 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 Kootenay Rockies, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early August where highs are regularly around 85.7°F (29.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 54.7°F (12.6°C) at night.

Kootenay Rockies Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Kootenay Rockies 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.

Kootenay Rockies Perceived Temperature (F)

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Kootenay Rockies Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Kootenay Rockies 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 34.9 29.2 25.4
Feb 39.7 31.5 26.7
Mar 48 37.5 30.7
Apr 57.7 44.2 34.4
May 69.8 54.2 42
Jun 76.4 61.2 49.9
Jul 84.3 67.8 54.4
Aug 81.6 65.5 53.3
Sep 70.4 56.8 47.1
Oct 54.6 45.1 39.1
Nov 42.6 36.1 32
Dec 33.7 28.6 25.2

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 1.6 -1.6 -3.7
Feb 4.3 -0.3 -2.9
Mar 8.9 3.1 -0.7
Apr 14.3 6.8 1.3
May 21 12.3 5.6
Jun 24.7 16.2 9.9
Jul 29.1 19.9 12.4
Aug 27.6 18.6 11.8
Sep 21.3 13.8 8.4
Oct 12.6 7.3 3.9
Nov 5.9 2.3 0
Dec 0.9 -1.9 -3.8

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Kootenay Rockies are January, July, 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 early to mid July. For example, on the week of July 9th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late October to early November with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of October 29th.

When can you find snow in Kootenay Rockies? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around January, especially close to late January. The best time to ski (if at all) in Kootenay Rockies is often around around January 15th 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 Kootenay Rockies.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Kootenay Rockies (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 8% 10.7 1.5
Feb 10% 9 0.9
Mar 19% 10.4 2.4
Apr 17% 0.8 1.4
May 18% 0 1.7
Jun 19% 0 2.3
Jul 10% 0 1.4
Aug 11% 0 1
Sep 15% 0.4 1.8
Oct 25% 0.4 2.7
Nov 30% 0.9 3.5
Dec 17% 2.6 2.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 8 27.2 3.8
Feb 10 22.9 2.3
Mar 19 26.4 6.1
Apr 17 2 3.6
May 18 0 4.3
Jun 19 0 5.8
Jul 10 0 3.6
Aug 11 0 2.5
Sep 15 1 4.6
Oct 25 1 6.9
Nov 30 2.3 8.9
Dec 17 6.6 5.8

 

Humidity and Wind

Kootenay Rockies has some extremely humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is July (52.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (84.4%).

Wind in Kootenay Rockies is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is November, followed by December and January. November’s average wind speed of around 2.9 knots (3.3 MPH or 5.3 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 mid November where average top sustained speeds reach 7 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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Wind

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

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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 2.6 Barely noticeable 5.2 Light breeze
Feb 2.1 Barely noticeable 4.7 Light breeze
Mar 2.5 Barely noticeable 5.9 Light breeze
Apr 2.5 Barely noticeable 6 Light breeze
May 2.4 Barely noticeable 6 Light breeze
Jun 2.6 Barely noticeable 6.4 Light breeze
Jul 2.4 Barely noticeable 6.1 Light breeze
Aug 2.3 Barely noticeable 5.7 Light breeze
Sep 2.2 Barely noticeable 5 Light breeze
Oct 2.3 Barely noticeable 4.9 Light breeze
Nov 2.9 Barely noticeable 6 Light breeze
Dec 2.7 Barely noticeable 5.4 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 84.4%
Feb 82.7%
Mar 74.8%
Apr 63.4%
May 57.4%
Jun 60.1%
Jul 52.9%
Aug 57.7%
Sep 70.5%
Oct 82.9%
Nov 83.6%
Dec 82.6%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Kootenay Rockies?

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 Kootenay Rockies, BC, Canada is July, followed by August and May. 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 Kootenay Rockies in September. 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 36.1 in September means 36.1% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Kootenay Rockies Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 73.9°F (23.3°C) and 40.9°F (4.9°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 6 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 very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 3 to 6 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Kootenay Rockies, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 73.4°F (23°C) and 37.4°F (3°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 9 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 Kootenay Rockies to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 42.4°F (5.8°C) and 32.9°F (0.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 3 to 5 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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