The best times to visit Northern Alberta for ideal weather are
June 4th 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.
Northern Alberta Travel Guide
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Weather in Northern Alberta
Average temperatures in Northern Alberta 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 somewhat temperate — in the 41st 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 Northern Alberta, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 76.8°F (24.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 52.2°F (11.2°C) at night.
Northern Alberta Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Northern Alberta 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.
Northern Alberta Perceived Temperature (F)
Northern Alberta Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Northern 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.
|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 Northern Alberta are December, February, 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 early to mid January. For example, on the week of January 8th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid July with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of July 16th.
When can you find snow in Northern Alberta? Weather stations report no annual snow. 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 Northern Alberta.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Northern Alberta (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
Northern Alberta has some very humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is May (35.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (74.7%).
Wind in Northern Alberta is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and January. April’s average wind speed of around 7.4 knots (8.5 MPH or 13.6 KPH) is considered “a gentle 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 12.8 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Northern Alberta.
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||6.6||Light breeze||10.4||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||5.6||Light breeze||9.1||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||6.5||Light breeze||10||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||7.4||Gentle breeze||11.1||Significant breeze|
|May||6.9||Light breeze||11.4||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||5.9||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||5.4||Light breeze||8.8||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||5.5||Light breeze||9||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||6.1||Light breeze||10.2||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||6.3||Light breeze||9.6||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||6.3||Light breeze||9.6||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||5.8||Light breeze||9.3||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Northern 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 Northern Alberta, 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 Northern 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
Overall Northern Alberta Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 70.5°F (21.4°C) and 17.2°F (-8.2°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 3 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 5 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Northern Alberta, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 65.7°F (18.7°C) and 14.3°F (-9.8°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 Northern Alberta to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 17.2°F (-8.2°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.