The best times to visit Northwest Territories for ideal weather are
January 1st to December 30th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Northwest Territories Travel Guide
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Weather in Northwest Territories
Average temperatures in Northwest Territories vary an incredible amount. 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 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 Northwest Territories, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early July where highs are regularly around 51.4°F (10.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 41.9°F (5.5°C) at night.
Northwest Territories Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Northwest Territories 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.
Northwest Territories Perceived Temperature (F)
Northwest Territories Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Northwest Territories 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)|
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 Northwest Territories.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Northwest Territories (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
Northwest Territories has some extremely humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is January (58.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (84.2%).
Wind in Northwest Territories is usually stronger than many places. The windiest month is October, followed by November and September. October’s average wind speed of around 13.6 knots (15.7 MPH or 25.3 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 mid October where average top sustained speeds reach 20.1 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Northwest Territories.
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||11.1||Significant breeze||16.3||Significant breeze|
|Feb||11||Significant breeze||16.2||Significant breeze|
|Mar||11||Significant breeze||15.8||Significant breeze|
|Apr||11.9||Significant breeze||16.4||Significant breeze|
|May||11.6||Significant breeze||16.2||Significant breeze|
|Jun||11.6||Significant breeze||16.1||Significant breeze|
|Jul||11||Significant breeze||15.9||Significant breeze|
|Aug||10.7||Gentle breeze||15.4||Significant breeze|
|Sep||12.5||Significant breeze||17.5||Significant breeze|
|Oct||13.6||Significant breeze||18.9||Strong breeze|
|Nov||12.8||Significant breeze||18.2||Significant breeze|
|Dec||11||Significant breeze||15.7||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Northwest Territories?
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 Northwest Territories, Canada is June, followed by July 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 Northwest Territories 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 Northwest Territories Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 34.8°F (1.6°C) and -14°F (-25.6°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. 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. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Northwest Territories, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 41°F (5°C) and 0.1°F (-17.7°C), which will feel very chilly given the humidity and wind. 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 Northwest Territories to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between -4.1°F (-20.1°C) and -12°F (-24.4°C). These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.