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Thursday, June 11

Climate in Canada


I noticed that some of my readers were wondering why we have an AC when we live in southern Ontario. Above is a picture of the Grand River, which runs south from Riverview, Ontario to Lake Erie. It is so pretty right now with everything so green. The rains we've had this spring and the cool temperatures have kept everything colorful. However, we do have some springs when it is very hot. Our climate varies a little from year to year. I would guess the average temperature this year has been about 60 degrees F.

Different parts of Canada have different climates. British Columbia gets a lot of rain in winter and moderate temperatures in summer. Because Vancouver is on the Pacific Coast, it is milder there. However, the interior of BC gets lots of snow and minus temperatures. I visited there twice and each time the temperatures went down to minus 16 F and one day the kids were kept home from school because it was minus 25 and there was a chance their lungs would freeze. When you are in BC, you don't feel the cold like you do here in Ontario. Ours is a damper cold while that in BC is a dry cold.

We don't have igloos or ice and snow all summer long. Even in Nunavut and the North West Territories, there is summer, though temperatures would be cooler, similar to Alaska. Where my friend Marrianne is working in Iqulait, they still have snow and will until mid June or later. Winter will set in early and temperatures of minus 40 F are not uncommon.

Where I live in southern Ontario, summer temperatures can go into the high 90s, though that doesn't happen often. August is the hottest month, usually, and temperatures range from the high 80s to mid 90s. It can get hotter. A few years ago, temperatures reached 112 F and the day Mom and Dad were married in 1945, it was 110F.

The Maritime Provinces are on the Atlantic and have harsh winters and summers that vary from year to year. While talking to my MIL the other day, she said it was 80 and here it was only 60, so it depends where you are and what the weather is doing at the time.

Hope this helps everyone sort out our weather patterns. We have much the same weather as Michigan, as Detroit and Windsor, Ontario are just across the Ambassador Bridge from each other.

Wherever you are, I hope your weather is nice. It was a cool day today and rain began to fall about the time the boys were getting out of school.

15 comments:

  1. What a beautiful picture. We've had a cool spring - much more rain than usual. Everything is so green and the reservoirs are so full - it's great, except I'm ready for some sunshine!

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  2. Really nice picture, and post my friend.

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  3. That was helpful Mary, at the moment we're just going into winter and although I love the rain I wish the ground outside wasn't so boggy.

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  4. Tell them we're on the same latitude as southern Oregon, Boston, southern France and northern Italy etc.

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  5. The photo is so, so pretty!!! After conversing with you about the weather I soon realized that Canada is quite the same as Colorado...year 'round....of course in different areas of your country, but still the climatic changes are similar.

    You never did tell us if you have A C [but I think I saw a photo the other day with an A C unit by your home's foundation, right?]

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  6. PS...you missed the photos of the baby birds I posted yesterday ---you'll have to scroll down and click on the link to 'older posts'

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  7. What a lovely photo Mary. Your weather sounds so much like we have here in Maine. We are getting heavy rain right now but it's warm, close to 70*, and the horses are getting a much needed bath!lol! They can go in the barn if they want but they seem to like being out in a warm rain. 110* YIKES! What a hot day for a wedding! The bride and groom must have been sweltering in that kind of heat!! Great post as always Mary!! xoxo

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  8. Glad you gave us a weather lesson and it helps to understand the temps there. That sure is one beautiful river. I bet it would be fun to ride down all the way to the lake. Have a wonderful weekend. Peace

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  9. Beautiful picture! I've noticed that we have very similar weather and that the plants and trees are often about the same in the spring and the fall.

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  10. We used to say if you don't like the weather, wait an hour or two and it will change. :)

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  11. I didnt realize how much your temps fluxuated there. It is really hot today...close to 90.

    Hope all is well and have a great weekend
    Love, Jess

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  12. I think we have had a Maritime spring here in SW Ontario! I think our climate is described in one word...CONTRAST! The range of temperatures we experience is extreme.

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  13. That was a beautiful picture. It has been raining for days here. Supposed to be nice tomorrow and then rain again for 3 days.

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  14. Mary-I think I've learned everything I know about Canada-from you. You are a great teacher!

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  15. Well, we're in the sauna down here in Dixie! It's been hot and humid with lots of rain....which raises the humidity level to almost unbearable! LOL But it is home sweet home, and I love it!!! The body acclimates to the climate, so we are used to it after living here for 25 years!

    ((( HUGS )))

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