In other words, cities with the mildest winters on average. Rainfall, heat waves, and other meteorological events aside, if Montreal's -30 degree winters have proven to be too much torture for you, then these are the cities you need to consider.
Toronto, which isn’t particularly known for its great weather, has milder winters compared to the rest of Canada than you might realize, with 264 days per year above 0 °C. Mild winters are the most important factor in our ranking of the cities with the best weather, with seven out of 10 points in the category dedicated to the number of days above 0 °C.
In the charts below, you can see the following seasonal norms for the city of Toronto (Ontario): the minimum and maximum outdoor temperature, the risk and amount of monthly rainfall, daily average sunshine, sea temperature, and relative humidity for each month of the year. Toronto (Ontario) appears on the map below with a blue icon.
The other cities or locations in Canada appear on the map with a black icon. For warm winter weather, no major city east of the Rocky Mountains comes close to the balmy climate enjoyed by the three large cities in southwestern British Columbia: Victoria, Vancouver and Abbotsford.
BC's other large city, Kelowna lands at a distant fourth in winter warmth. Elsewhere in Canada, the warmest cities for winter weather are in Ontario and the Maritime Provinces.
Among these, the Ontario cities of Toronto, Windsor and St. Catharines stand out as having a consistently warmer winter climate than the rest. Victoria, BC is the unchallenged leader among Canada's large cities for winter heat.
The tables below list the major Canadian cities that in winter have the highest maximum and minimum temperature averages, the fewest freezing days and the lowest number of freezing nights. The cities included in these rankings are Canada's largest metropolitan areas.
They are the only major Canadian cities with an average daily high temperature during winter that's above freezing. Stronger winds in and below canyons and passes.
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San Jose Dr. Doug Gilliam, a staff meteorologist, says “confidence is high” that very heavy snowfall will hit southern Ontario by Wednesday next week.
Such would bring “widespread moderate to heavy snow along the 401 corridor from Windsor to Toronto and Montreal,” as well as to central Ontario and Ottawa. The other scenario, which is less likely to happen, has a weaker system moving south of the border, centralizing on Upstate New York and Quebec but not impacting Ontario as much.