Hottest Canadian Cities in Summer
Two far-flung Canadian cities contend for the title of the hottest large city in Canada. Windsor, Ontario and Kelowna, British Columbia are neck and neck for highest average daily maximum temperature, with Windsor leading by only 0.2 degrees Celsius (0.4 degrees Fahrenheit).
But Kelowna outshines Windsor when it comes to extreme heat. The BC city leads the rankings for most days with temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius (86 °F) or above at 24 days. Windsor comes in second, having four days fewer than Kelowna.
With these results, Kelowna could understandably be considered the country's hottest summer city. But this city of hot days can't keep the heat up at night. Kelowna doesn't even make the top ten list of Canadian cities with the warmest summer nights. Leading that list is Toronto, followed closely by Windsor. Kelowna sits far down that list at spot number 17. Its daily minimum temperature for summer averages a cool 12.6 °C (55 °F).
Besides Windsor, cities that rank in the top ten for all three hot city criteria are Brantford, Hamilton, Ottawa, St. Catharines and Toronto, all in Ontario. Among this group, Hamilton places highest for summer heat.
The tables below rank the major Canadian cities with the highest maximum and minimum temperature averages for summer and with the greatest number of really hot summertime days.
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.
Hottest Summer Weather
The ten cities in Canada with the hottest summer days all have a daily high temperature that averages 25 degrees Celsius (77 ° Fahrenheit) or more.
|City||High °F||High °C|
|Kelowna, British Columbia||80||26.7|
|St. Catharines, Ontario||78||25.8|
Cities in Canada with the warmest summer nights have average low temperatures that range from 14 to nearly 17 °C.
|City||Low °F||Low °C|
|St. Catharines, Ontario||59||15.2|
Most Extremely Hot Days
Heat waves with temperatures of 30 °C or more last for at least ten days a summer at Canada's ten cities with the most extreme heat. Some of these cities are even likely to feel temperatures above the mid 30s for one or two days.
|City||Days 30+ °C||Days 35+ °C|
|Kelowna, British Columbia||24||2|
|St. Catharines, Ontario||13||0|
|Ottawa - Gatineau, Ontario||11||0|
Environment Canada. Meteorological Service of Canada. Canadian Climate Normals. 1981-2010 Climate Normals & Averages.