The best times to visit Nova Scotia for ideal weather are

June 18th to October 7th

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

 

 


Other Nova Scotia Travel Info

Weather in Nova Scotia

Temperature

Average temperatures in Nova Scotia vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 21st 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 Nova Scotia, the hottest months are July, August, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid August where highs are regularly around 78.5°F (25.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 58.4°F (14.7°C) at night.

Nova Scotia Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Nova Scotia 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.

Nova Scotia Perceived Temperature (F)

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Nova Scotia Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Nova Scotia 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 34.6 26.3 19.3
Feb 32.7 23.8 16.2
Mar 37.7 28.2 20.1
Apr 49.6 39.1 30.6
May 60.8 50 40.5
Jun 68.1 57.2 47.7
Jul 77.4 66.6 57.4
Aug 76.8 66.4 57.8
Sep 70.1 59.5 50.5
Oct 58.2 49.8 42.8
Nov 50.8 42.2 35.1
Dec 40.3 32.9 26.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 1.4 -3.2 -7.1
Feb 0.4 -4.6 -8.8
Mar 3.2 -2.1 -6.6
Apr 9.8 3.9 -0.8
May 16 10 4.7
Jun 20.1 14 8.7
Jul 25.2 19.2 14.1
Aug 24.9 19.1 14.3
Sep 21.2 15.3 10.3
Oct 14.6 9.9 6
Nov 10.4 5.7 1.7
Dec 4.6 0.5 -2.9

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Nova Scotia are April, August, and then July. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early March. For example, on the week of March 5th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid December with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of December 10th.

When can you find snow in Nova Scotia? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to late February and early March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Nova Scotia is often around around March 26th 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 Nova Scotia.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Nova Scotia (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 33% 7.8 4.5
Feb 36% 11.7 4.6
Mar 24% 11.4 3.5
Apr 21% 10.1 2.4
May 27% 1.5 2.8
Jun 26% 0 3.8
Jul 22% 0 2.9
Aug 22% 0 3.8
Sep 27% 0 4.8
Oct 33% 0.4 5.7
Nov 34% 0.7 4.6
Dec 48% 4.9 6.7

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 33 19.8 11.4
Feb 36 29.7 11.7
Mar 24 29 8.9
Apr 21 25.7 6.1
May 27 3.8 7.1
Jun 26 0 9.7
Jul 22 0 7.4
Aug 22 0 9.7
Sep 27 0 12.2
Oct 33 1 14.5
Nov 34 1.8 11.7
Dec 48 12.4 17

 

Humidity and Wind

Nova Scotia has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is April (64.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (75.9%).

Wind in Nova Scotia is usually moderate. The windiest month is March, followed by December and January. March’s average wind speed of around 12.1 knots (13.9 MPH or 22.4 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 early March where average top sustained speeds reach 15.7 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Nova Scotia.

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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 11.1 Significant breeze 15.6 Significant breeze
Feb 10.9 Gentle breeze 15.2 Significant breeze
Mar 12.1 Significant breeze 16.9 Significant breeze
Apr 7.2 Gentle breeze 10.1 Gentle breeze
May 7.7 Gentle breeze 10.8 Significant breeze
Jun 7.2 Gentle breeze 10.1 Gentle breeze
Jul 7 Gentle breeze 9.9 Significant breeze
Aug 6.8 Light breeze 9.5 Gentle breeze
Sep 7.7 Gentle breeze 10.8 Significant breeze
Oct 7.4 Gentle breeze 10.3 Gentle breeze
Nov 9 Gentle breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Dec 11.3 Significant breeze 15.8 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 72.6%
Feb 74.1%
Mar 67.6%
Apr 64.6%
May 65.9%
Jun 70.7%
Jul 71%
Aug 74.6%
Sep 75.9%
Oct 73.5%
Nov 70.1%
Dec 72.9%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Nova Scotia?

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 Nova Scotia, 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 Nova Scotia 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

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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 very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 28.6 in December means 28.6% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Nova Scotia Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 65.1°F (18.4°C) and 33.8°F (1°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 8 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 the least precipitation with 7 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Nova Scotia, 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 46.1°F (7.8°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 8 to 10 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 Nova Scotia to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 44.6°F (7°C) and 28.5°F (-1.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 10 to 15 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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