The best times to visit Nunavut for ideal weather are
September 24th to June 17th
October 1st to December 16th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Nunavut Travel Guide
Other Nunavut Travel Info
Weather in Nunavut
Average temperatures in Nunavut 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 28th 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 Nunavut, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 58.3°F (14.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 41.6°F (5.3°C) at night.
Nunavut Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Nunavut 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.
Nunavut Perceived Temperature (F)
Nunavut Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Nunavut 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 Nunavut are April, January, 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 early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late July with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of July 23rd.
When can you find snow in Nunavut? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around April, especially close to early May. The best time to ski (if at all) in Nunavut is often around around May 7th 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 Nunavut.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Nunavut (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
Nunavut has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is January (57.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is October (80.5%).
Wind in Nunavut is usually moderate. The windiest month is October, followed by November and January. October’s average wind speed of around 10.2 knots (11.7 MPH or 18.9 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 early to mid October where average top sustained speeds reach 17.5 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Nunavut.
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||9.7||Gentle breeze||15.8||Significant breeze|
|Feb||8.8||Gentle breeze||14.8||Significant breeze|
|Mar||9||Gentle breeze||14.7||Significant breeze|
|Apr||9||Gentle breeze||14.6||Significant breeze|
|May||9.1||Gentle breeze||14.5||Significant breeze|
|Jun||8.7||Gentle breeze||13.8||Significant breeze|
|Jul||7.7||Gentle breeze||13.1||Significant breeze|
|Aug||8.4||Gentle breeze||13.8||Significant breeze|
|Sep||9.6||Gentle breeze||15.3||Significant breeze|
|Oct||10.2||Gentle breeze||16.2||Significant breeze|
|Nov||10||Gentle breeze||16.3||Significant breeze|
|Dec||9.3||Gentle breeze||15.4||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Nunavut?
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 Nunavut, Canada is August, followed by July and January. 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 Nunavut 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 Nunavut Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 35.2°F (1.8°C) and -11.9°F (-24.4°C) with far 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 4 to 6 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Nunavut, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 47.3°F (8.5°C) and 4.3°F (-15.4°C), which will feel very chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 4 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 Nunavut to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 1.3°F (-17.1°C) and -12.5°F (-24.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: consistently 1 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.