Climate And Weather Of Vancouver

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An overlook of Downtown Vancouver from False Creek

The overall climate of the city of Vancouver is highly influenced by not only it's closeness to the Pacific Ocean, but also all of the mountain ranges that are nearby as well. Protected by Vancouver Island, the city doesn't experience very much precipitation, and it also enjoys a lot more sunshine than other coastal areas throughout British Columbia. Vancouver can be damp throughout both the autumn and winter seasons; however, it's never actually too cold or snowy during both. On the other hand, you'll always find excellent conditions for winter sports in the nearby Grouse, Seymour, and Cypress Mountain ranges due to the amount of snowfall that they always receive during the winter.

Because of the rather mild climate, golf is always in season in Vancouver, and you'll find that many of the city's golf courses are open for play on a year-round basis.

Spring

During the springtime, the temperature in Vancouver can range anywhere from 12 to 15 degrees Celsius. It's also during this season that you'll always find many bicyclists out riding, as well as hikers trekking some of the city's mountain ranges. Vancouver is notably famous for its springtime season, as there is always still snow on the mountains, meaning that you can still get some skiing time in during the morning while catching some golfing or sailing later on in the day.

Summer

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An overlook of the historical neighbourhood of Gastown in the heart of Downtown Vancouver

This time of year in Vancouver is warm and pleasant, with temperatures reaching approximately 22 degrees Celsius, even going as high as 30 degrees. If you go by the water, however, the temperature will be cooler, but comfortable at the same time. This is the perfect time of year for activities such as hiking, golfing, mountain biking, and more.

Autumn

This time of year sees milder weather conditions, with temperatures that can range between 6 degrees and 12 degrees Celsius. The wettest month of the season is November, and it's also during this season that the mountains always receive their first dusting of snow.

Winter

There is always a more temperate type of climate during this particular season. Whenever snow falls, it never seems to stay around for very long. The average temperature during the winter in Vancouver ranges from 3 degrees to 7 degrees Celsius, and it's also noted as the wettest season of the entire year.

What Should You Wear?

During the spring and summer, it's always warm enough to consider wearing t-shirts and shorts during the day, while you may want to consider a sweater and a pair of pants for the evening, especially if you plan on being at a higher elevation. If you're thinking of wading near a rocky shore, always pack your bathing suit and a pair of beach shoes, as well as a wind jacket.

The wintertime will likely require a raincoat or a waterproof jacket, both of which can be worn over your clothes or another jacket. You will also need an umbrella as well.

Regardless of the particular season, Always be sure to bring some form of wet-weather gear with you, such as rubber boots or hiking boots. If you plan to take a trip to the mountains of Vancouver, be sure to bring along gear that is resistant to both water and wind. This will include the following:

*Warm coat/jacket
*Gloves/mittens
*Scarf
*Hat

This article is provided by Tim Louis, a personal injury law expert located in Vancouver, BC.