Hottest Canadian Cities
You could say Victoria, British Columbia is the major city in Canada with the hottest weather. It has highest average daily maximum and minimum temperatures among the country's large cities. But if you look at the rankings for frost-free period, Vancouver, BC is typically free of frost for 26 days longer than Victoria.
As for really hot weather, neither BC city even makes it into the top ten. A day with temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius (86 ° Fahrenheit) or above are far less likely to happen in Vancouver or Victoria than most other major Canadian cities.
Perhaps the title of hottest city in Canada should go to Windsor, Ontario. Windsor makes it into the top ten lists for all criteria. The only other city to do so is St. Catharines, Ontario, but it sits behind Windsor in every category. In fact for each measure, Windsor ranks among the top five of the hottest Canadian cities.
The tables below list the major Canadian cities with the highest maximum and minimum temperature averages, the most hot days and the longest period without frost.
The cities included in these rankings are Canada's largest metropolitan areas. These are the 33 urban regions that had over 100,000 people according to the 2011 census by Statistics Canada. The temperature data are averages of weather measurements made from 1981 to 2010.
Canadian cities with the hottest days year-round have an average daily high temperature that's above 12 degrees Celsius (53.7 ° Fahrenheit).
|City||High °F||High °C|
|Victoria, British Columbia||60||15.3|
|Abbotsford, British Columbia||59||15.1|
|Kelowna, British Columbia||59||14.7|
|Vancouver, British Columbia||57||13.9|
|St. Catharines, Ontario||56||13.6|
Canada's ten cities with the warmest nights have an average daily low temperature that's above 3.0 °C (37.4 °F).
|City||Low °F||Low °C|
|Victoria, British Columbia||45||7.1|
|Vancouver, British Columbia||44||6.8|
|Abbotsford, British Columbia||42||5.8|
|St. Catharines, Ontario||40||4.4|
|Kelowna, British Columbia||39||4.1|
|Halifax, Nova Scotia||38||3.6|
Most Really Hot Days
Ten Canadian cities usually have more than 10 days a year when the temperature reaches at least 30 °C.
|Kelowna, British Columbia||26|
|St. Catharines, Ontario||14|
For ten of Canada's hottest cities the growing season lasts longer than 165 days.
|Vancouver, British Columbia||237|
|Victoria, British Columbia||211|
|Abbotsford, British Columbia||208|
|Halifax, Nova Scotia||182|
|St. Catharines, Ontario||179|
Environment Canada. Meteorological Service of Canada. Canadian Climate Normals. 1981-2010 Climate Normals & Averages.