Calgary Weather

Weather in Calgary AlbertaCalgary, a city in the province of Alberta, Canada, is known far and wide for its frigid winter temperatures. Winter sports are a big time draw to Calgary, and are one thing the city is famous for around the world. However, there is more to Calgary weather than cold temperatures highlighted with snow and ice. The seasons in Calgary are mild, but offer plenty of variety.

Located far north of the Equator, the entire country of Canada experiences long, cold winters with varying degrees of moisture in the form of snow and ice. Calgary's winter temperatures range from as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit in the depths of the coldest months of December, January and February to as high as 50 degrees Fahrenheit during the milder months of November and March. The winter season is punctuated by incredibly cold snaps that drop the temperature and sometimes bring snow and ice, though the weather stays dry during many years. Calgary is helped, weather-wise, by its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, which allow warm air to rush down periodically during the winter months to raise the temperature.

Winter months make up much of the year in Calgary, but the summer months are really something to enjoy. Skies are typically blue and clear, with only periodic moisture. Summer evenings can be very cool, however, with temperatures dropping into the 40 and 50 degree range, and sometimes lower. Average highs during the summer months usually top out in the mid-80s, and the normal sunset is around 10 p.m. each evening in June.

The shortest season in Calgary is fall, which lasts only from August to September. The short fall months are usually fairly dry, though some snow will start to come down in mid- to late-September. Temperatures generally stay during the 70s and 80s during the day, but dip down much lower at night as the winter gets closer.

Finally you have spring, another short season in Calgary. This is another mild season with moderate temperatures that rise into the 50s and 60s during the day but fall much lower at night. Spring is also the season when the most moisture falls on Calgary. Expect the majority of the city's rainfall during the spring months, though it is not unusual to see snow falling as late as May. Luckily the weather tends to change fast in Calgary throughout the year, so at any given time it can be snowing with a chance of sunny, warmer temperatures only one day away.