The best times to visit Whitehorse for ideal weather are
June 25th 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.
Whitehorse Travel Guide
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Weather in Whitehorse
Average temperatures in Whitehorse vary an incredible amount. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a low chance of precipitation 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 Whitehorse, 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 69.8°F (21°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 47.4°F (8.6°C) at night.
Whitehorse Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Whitehorse 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.
Whitehorse Perceived Temperature (F)
Whitehorse Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Whitehorse 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 Whitehorse 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 early February. For example, on the week of February 5th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late August to early September with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of August 27th.
When can you find snow in Whitehorse? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to early to mid March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Whitehorse is often around around March 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 Whitehorse.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Whitehorse (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
Whitehorse has some very humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is May (39.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (80%).
Wind in Whitehorse is usually calm. The windiest month is September, followed by April and February. September’s average wind speed of around 4.5 knots (5.2 MPH or 8.3 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 early to mid May where average top sustained speeds reach 7.4 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Whitehorse.
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||4.1||Light breeze||6.3||Light breeze|
|Feb||4.3||Light breeze||6.7||Light breeze|
|Mar||4||Light breeze||6.5||Light breeze|
|Apr||4.4||Light breeze||6.8||Light breeze|
|May||4.3||Light breeze||6.8||Light breeze|
|Jun||4.1||Light breeze||6.3||Light breeze|
|Jul||3.6||Barely noticeable||5.7||Light breeze|
|Aug||3.8||Barely noticeable||6.1||Light breeze|
|Sep||4.5||Light breeze||6.7||Light breeze|
|Oct||4.2||Light breeze||6.2||Light breeze|
|Nov||4.2||Light breeze||6.2||Light breeze|
|Dec||4||Light breeze||6.2||Light breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Whitehorse?
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 Whitehorse, YT, 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 Whitehorse 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 Whitehorse Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 67.1°F (19.5°C) and 25.3°F (-3.7°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 3 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 comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 3 to 5 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Whitehorse, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 56.7°F (13.7°C) and 15°F (-9.4°C), which will feel very chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 5 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 Whitehorse to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 25.3°F (-3.7°C) and 7.7°F (-13.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 6 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.