Monthly climate in Ottawa, Canada

Last updated: June 28, 2022

Under the Köppen–Geiger climate classification Ottawa features a humid continental climate (Dfb). Temperatures typically range between -9 °C (16 °F) and 21 °C (70 °F) through the year, but rarely can drop to -32 °C (-26 °F) or can rise to as high as 35 °C (96 °F). The average annual precipitation amounts to about 1166 mm (45.9 inches) and receives 146 rainy days on the 1 mm (0.04 inches) threshold annually. Ottawa enjoys an average of 2709 hours of sunshine throughout the year, and daylight varies from 8 hours 45 minutes to 15 hours 36 minutes per day.

Monthly average temperatures in Ottawa, Canada §

The warmest months in Ottawa are June, July and August, with daily mean temperatures ranging from 18 to 21 °C (65 - 70 °F) throughout the day. The coldest temperatures usually occur in January, February and December, when daily mean temperatures range from -9 to -5 °C (16 - 22 °F) throughout the day. On average each year, Ottawa experiences 52 days above 25 °C (77.0 °F) and 145 days below 0 °C (32.0 °F).

Monthly average temperatures with daily means, minimums and maximums for period, average high and low temperatures in Ottawa, Canada. Generated using Copernicus Climate Change Service information. Data for period from January 2017 to June 2022.
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Maximum 10°C
(50°F)
11°C
(53°F)
20°C
(69°F)
27°C
(81°F)
35°C
(95°F)
32°C
(91°F)
35°C
(96°F)
32°C
(89°F)
32°C
(90°F)
27°C
(81°F)
22°C
(71°F)
14°C
(58°F)
Mean maximum 5°C
(40°F)
7°C
(46°F)
12°C
(53°F)
21°C
(70°F)
30°C
(87°F)
30°C
(87°F)
32°C
(90°F)
30°C
(86°F)
28°C
(83°F)
23°C
(74°F)
14°C
(58°F)
9°C
(49°F)
Average high -5°C
(24°F)
-3°C
(27°F)
2°C
(36°F)
10°C
(51°F)
19°C
(66°F)
23°C
(74°F)
27°C
(80°F)
25°C
(77°F)
21°C
(70°F)
14°C
(57°F)
4°C
(40°F)
-2°C
(29°F)
Daily mean -9°C
(16°F)
-8°C
(18°F)
-3°C
(27°F)
5°C
(42°F)
13°C
(56°F)
18°C
(65°F)
21°C
(70°F)
20°C
(68°F)
15°C
(60°F)
9°C
(48°F)
0°C
(33°F)
-5°C
(22°F)
Average low -13°C
(8°F)
-13°C
(9°F)
-8°C
(19°F)
1°C
(34°F)
7°C
(45°F)
12°C
(54°F)
16°C
(61°F)
15°C
(59°F)
11°C
(51°F)
5°C
(41°F)
-3°C
(26°F)
-9°C
(16°F)
Mean minimum -27°C
(-16°F)
-25°C
(-12°F)
-21°C
(-6°F)
-7°C
(20°F)
-1°C
(31°F)
6°C
(44°F)
10°C
(51°F)
8°C
(47°F)
4°C
(39°F)
-2°C
(28°F)
-14°C
(7°F)
-22°C
(-7°F)
Minimum -32°C
(-26°F)
-27°C
(-16°F)
-24°C
(-12°F)
-12°C
(10°F)
-3°C
(26°F)
2°C
(36°F)
8°C
(47°F)
7°C
(45°F)
-0°C
(31°F)
-6°C
(22°F)
-19°C
(-2°F)
-29°C
(-20°F)

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Monthly average precipitation in Ottawa, Canada §

Ottawa usually has the most precipitation in May, July and October, with an average of 12 rainy days and 121 mm (4.8 inches) of precipitation per month. The driest months in Ottawa are January, September and December. On average, 78 mm (3.1 inches) of precipitation falls during these months.

Monthly average precipitation and precipitation days in Ottawa, Canada. Generated using Copernicus Climate Change Service information. Data for period from January 2017 to January 2022.
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average precipitation mm (inches) 76 (3.0) 81 (3.2) 87 (3.4) 112 (4.4) 117 (4.6) 98 (3.9) 114 (4.5) 94 (3.7) 79 (3.1) 132 (5.2) 97 (3.8) 80 (3.2)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 9 12 12 12 14 13 12 13 11 12 14 12

Monthly sunshine hours in Ottawa, Canada §

The sunniest months in Ottawa are June, July and August, when the sun shines an average of 10 hours 37 minutes a day. Least sunny months in Ottawa: January, November and December receive an average of 4 hours 7 minutes of sunshine daily.

Mean monthly sunshine duration, average sunshine hours per day and mean daily daylight hours in Ottawa, Canada. Generated using Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service information. Data for period from January 2017 to January 2022.
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean monthly sunshine hours 111 156 235 227 279 314 348 315 267 190 142 127
Mean daily daylight hours 9h 9m 10h 23m 11h 57m 13h 33m 14h 55m 15h 36m 15h 13m 14h 0m 12h 28m 10h 52m 9h 28m 8h 45m

Solar UV radiation in Ottawa, Canada §

Ottawa experiences the highest level of ultraviolet (UV) radiation in May, July and August, when the maximum UV index can reach values of 8 - 10, which corresponds to the Very High category of sun exposure. January, November and December are in the Low / Moderate exposure category. In these months, the maximum values of the UV index do not exceed 3. For more detailed information, check out our hourly Ottawa UV Index data.

Average daily maximum UV levels by month for Ottawa, Canada. Generated using Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service information. Data for period from January 2017 to June 2022.
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
UV Index (month maximum) 2 4 6 6 8 5 10 9 7 5 3 2