The best times to visit Peterborough for ideal weather are
May 21st to September 16th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Peterborough Travel Guide
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Weather in Peterborough
Average temperatures in Peterborough vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 30th 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 Peterborough, 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 83°F (28.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 56.5°F (13.6°C) at night.
Peterborough Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Peterborough 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.
Peterborough Perceived Temperature (F)
Peterborough Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Peterborough 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 Peterborough are March, 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 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 November to early December with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of November 26th.
When can you find snow in Peterborough? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Peterborough is often around around February 12th 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 Peterborough.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Peterborough (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
Peterborough has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (50.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (72.1%).
Wind in Peterborough is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is April, followed by February and March. April’s average wind speed of around 4.8 knots (5.6 MPH or 9 KPH) is considered “a light 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 9.4 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Peterborough.
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||4.2||Light breeze||8.1||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||4.5||Light breeze||8.2||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||4.5||Light breeze||8.3||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||4.8||Light breeze||9.1||Gentle breeze|
|May||4||Light breeze||8||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||3.5||Barely noticeable||7.1||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||3.3||Barely noticeable||6.9||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||3.1||Barely noticeable||6.4||Light breeze|
|Sep||3.1||Barely noticeable||6.7||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||3.8||Barely noticeable||7.7||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||3.9||Barely noticeable||7.7||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||4||Light breeze||7.6||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Peterborough?
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 Peterborough, ON, Canada is August, followed by July and September. 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 Peterborough 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 Peterborough Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 74.7°F (23.7°C) and 32.6°F (0.3°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 6 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 5 to 6 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Peterborough, 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 38.5°F (3.6°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 the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is far too cold this time of year in Peterborough to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 35.6°F (2°C) and 24.8°F (-4°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.