Annual Temperature Trends in Canada

The climate in every region of Canada has gotten warmer during the last six decades.

From 1948 to 2007, the average annual temperature for the country as a whole rose by 1.4 °C (2.5 °F).

But that nationwide figure obscures how much faster some regions of Canada are heating up compared to others. Temperatures in the northwest part of the country have had the largest rise, by as much as 2.1 °C (3.8 °F) over the 60 years. In the maritime provinces meanwhile, the change in temperature is a hardly noticeable 0.2 °C (0.4 °F).

The map below shows how much the climate has warmed in each region of Canada. The numbers indicate the change from 1948 to 2007 in the average annual temperatures in °C.

Map of climatic change in Canada

What the annual trends don't show is that temperatures haven't climbed by a steady amount throughout the year. In fact during some seasons, it's actually gotten colder. To find out more, take a look at Canada's seasonal temperature trends.

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