The best times to visit Ottawa for ideal weather are
May 14th to September 30th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Ottawa Travel Guide
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Weather in Ottawa
Average temperatures in Ottawa vary an incredible amount. 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 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 Ottawa, 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 82.2°F (27.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 60.4°F (15.8°C) at night.
Ottawa Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Ottawa 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.
Ottawa Perceived Temperature (F)
Ottawa Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Ottawa 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 Ottawa are November, March, 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 late August to early September. For example, on the week of August 27th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late May to early June with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of May 28th.
When can you find snow in Ottawa? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Ottawa is often around around May 21st 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 Ottawa.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Ottawa (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
Ottawa has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (52.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (75.1%).
Wind in Ottawa is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by March and February. April’s average wind speed of around 7.4 knots (8.6 MPH or 13.8 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 mid April where average top sustained speeds reach 12.7 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Ottawa.
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||6.2||Light breeze||10.5||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||6.6||Light breeze||11||Significant breeze|
|Mar||6.9||Light breeze||11.4||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||7.4||Gentle breeze||12.2||Significant breeze|
|May||6.3||Light breeze||10.7||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||5.2||Light breeze||9.3||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||4.8||Light breeze||8.8||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||4.8||Light breeze||8.6||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||4.9||Light breeze||8.5||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||5.7||Light breeze||10||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||6.1||Light breeze||10||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||6.4||Light breeze||10.6||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Ottawa?
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 Ottawa, ON, Canada is August, followed by September and July. 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 Ottawa in November. 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 Ottawa Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 74°F (23.3°C) and 29°F (-1.7°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 most precipitation with 7 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Ottawa, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 77.3°F (25.2°C) and 37.4°F (3°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 8 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 Ottawa to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 34°F (1.1°C) and 20°F (-6.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 8 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.