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The climate of Ottawa (Canada)
Ottawa is located in the south-east of the province of Ontario and is the capital of Canada. Because the city has a varied climate there are many different activities. During the summer you can go paddling in a small boat on the Rideau Canal. During the winter this canal is one of the longest skating tracks in the world, so you will have to be able to dress for the occasion. The city has a wet continental climate with temperatures between -37 and 38 degrees Celsius. Ottawa is one of the coldest capitals if the world. During the winter most of the precipitation falls in the form of snow, about 235 centimeters per year. From December till April there is a thick layer of snow. Because of the wind it may feel much colder. Besides snow glazed frost is not uncommon. This type of rain freezes on its way down and may cause ice storms. During the summer high temperatures can be expected, especially from June till August.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Ottawa:

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
January -6 -16 3 14 n/a
February -5 -15 5 12 n/a
March 2 -8 5 12 n/a
April 11 0 6 11 n/a
May 18 7 7 12 n/a
June 24 12 8 12 n/a
July 26 15 9 11 n/a
August 25 14 8 11 n/a
September 20 9 6 12 n/a
October 13 4 4 12 n/a
November 5 -2 3 14 n/a
December -6 -11 3 16 n/a
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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Disclaimer
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