The best times to visit Wakkanai for ideal weather are
May 28th 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.
Wakkanai Travel Guide
Other Wakkanai Travel Info
Weather in Wakkanai
Average temperatures in Wakkanai 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 26th 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 Wakkanai, the hottest months are August, September, and then July. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid August where highs are regularly around 75°F (23.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 65.6°F (18.7°C) at night.
Wakkanai Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Wakkanai 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.
Wakkanai Perceived Temperature (F)
Wakkanai Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Wakkanai 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 Wakkanai are June, April, and then May. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late March. For example, on the week of March 26th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early December with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of December 3rd.
When can you find snow in Wakkanai? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Wakkanai is often around around December 17th 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 Wakkanai.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Wakkanai (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
Wakkanai has some extremely humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is November (58.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (83.5%).
Wind in Wakkanai is usually moderate. The windiest month is November, followed by December and February. November’s average wind speed of around 9.9 knots (11.3 MPH or 18.3 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 January where average top sustained speeds reach 18 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Wakkanai.
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||9.4||Gentle breeze||15.7||Significant breeze|
|Feb||9.5||Gentle breeze||15.7||Significant breeze|
|Mar||9||Gentle breeze||15.2||Significant breeze|
|Apr||9||Gentle breeze||15.2||Significant breeze|
|May||9.1||Gentle breeze||15.6||Significant breeze|
|Jun||7.9||Gentle breeze||13.6||Significant breeze|
|Jul||7.2||Gentle breeze||12.2||Significant breeze|
|Aug||7.7||Gentle breeze||12.9||Significant breeze|
|Sep||7.9||Gentle breeze||13.5||Significant breeze|
|Oct||8.9||Gentle breeze||15||Significant breeze|
|Nov||9.9||Gentle breeze||16||Significant breeze|
|Dec||9.8||Gentle breeze||16.1||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Wakkanai?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe, except in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are regional travel advisories for Japan; exercise normal security precautions and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Oct 01, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Wakkanai, Japan is January, followed by March and April. 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 Wakkanai 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 Wakkanai Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 58.2°F (14.6°C) and 30.5°F (-0.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 8 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the 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 comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 5 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Wakkanai, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 72.4°F (22.4°C) and 37.9°F (3.3°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a good amount: 9 to 11 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 Wakkanai to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 35°F (1.7°C) and 24.6°F (-4.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a very great amount: 10 to 16 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.