Okanagan Climate and Weather

Okanagan summers are hot and sunny, while the winters are short and tranquil. There are five months of summer (May, June, July, August and September), two of autumn (October and November), three of winter (December, January and February) and two of spring (March and April).

Summer in the Okanagan

Dry and warm summer months are perfect for a wide variety of water sports - including water-skiing, sail-boarding and swimming. The fine sandy beaches offer a great place to spend the day; all have picnic tables, shade trees and plenty of sunshine. As evening approaches soft breezes entice the visitor to stroll on the beach, or enjoy the local night life.

A 'fruitful' Fall

Known as Canada's fruit basket (where much of Canada's choicest fruits and vegetables are grown) The Okanagan Valley's climate approximates the northern regions of France and the Rhine land. The Okanagan Valley is much like the famed Napa Valley - sharing similar soil, climate and growing conditions. High on the hilltops many wineries offer scenic tours featuring spectacular views of Okanagan Lake and the surrounding countryside.

Winter = Skiing

The Okanagan Region offers some of the best powder skiing areas in Western Canada - featuring downhill and cross country at Big White Mountain 40 minutes from Kelowna. Heli-skiing is a short distance away in the Caribou and Monashee mountain ranges. With an average temperatures of "0" degrees (Celsius) varied winter sports become a pleasure. Some of the hotels offer ski packages and off-season rates that make a winter holiday very economical. Winter activities include Jr. Hockey tournaments, curling bon spiels, skating, snow-mobiling and ice fishing.

Spring in the Okanagan

The fragrance of the fruit blossoms drifts through the orchards in spring. Excellent fishing in Okanagan Lake and the many smaller surrounding lakes makes spring a good time of the year to test your prowess at landing a tasty Lake Trout or Kokanee. Hike or horseback ride on a mountain trail and catch the fragrance of Ponderosa pines and see the many different wildlife species which inhabit the area.

Okanagan Climate Tables

The climate of the Okanagan Basin is somewhat less continental than the rest of the interior of the Province. The warm summers with fairly low humidities along with the relatively mild winters provide an attractive environment for agriculture and recreation.

The temperature is best described as being of the mild continental type. In the valley summers are warm with hot days and cool nights. Winters are much milder than areas east of the valley. In Kelowna mean maximum temperatures vary from 0.0 degrees in January to 27.9 degrees in July. Thus about one third of mid summer days are tropical in nature (maximum temperature greater than 30 degrees) and thaws occur at valley bottom on about half of the days in January.

Climate Table (in Celcius)

Month Daily
Maximum
Daily
Minimum
Average
Temperature
Historical
Maximum
Historical
Minimum
January 0.0 -6.5 -3.3 12.2 -31.1
February 4.0 -4.1 -0.1 17.2 -28.3
March 8.0 -1.8 3.3 21.1 22.2
April 14.5 2.0 8.3 27.8 -9.4
May 20.1 6.5 13.3 33.9 -3.9
June 23.9 10.5 17.2 35.6 -1.1
July 27.9 12.9 20.4 38.9 3.3
August 26.8 12.1 19.5 36.1 0.6
September 21.1 7.6 14.3 33.9 -5.6
October 13.6 2.6 8.1 25.6 -10.0
November 6.3 -1.1 2.6 18.3 -22.8
December 2.3 -3.7 -0.7 14.4 -24.4

Climate Table (in Fahrenheit)

Month Daily
Maximum
Daily
Minimum
Average
Temperature
Historical
Maximum
Historical
Minimum
January 32.0 20.3 26.1 54.0 -24.0
February 39.2 24.6 31.8 63.0 -18.9
March 46.4 28.8 37.9 70.0 72.0
April 58.1 35.6 46.9 82.0 15.1
May 68.2 43.7 55.9 93.0 25.0
June 75.0 50.9 63.0 96.1 30.0
July 82.2 55.2 68.7 102.0 37.9
August 80.2 53.8 67.1 97.0 33.1
September 70.0 45.7 57.7 93.0 21.9
October 56.5 36.7 46.6 78.1 14.0
November 43.3 30.0 36.7 64.9 -9.0
December 36.1 25.3 30.7 57.9 -11.9