What surprised us most when researching Canada was the weather and how it varied from province to province. Most people think of Canada as very cold, but don’t realise that we have very hot summers too. When choosing a move to Canada, our main weather request was that our province of choice had four definitive seasons. We were fed up of all the seasons rolling into one and the rainy gray days of Cardiff.

Nova Scotia’s Climate
What we love about Nova Scotia is that the weather here certainly ticks all our requirements. We have four true seasons, with snowy winters, warm, sunny summers and a mild autumn and spring. In fact, our province of Nova Scotia is actually on the same latitude as Northern Italy and is the warmest Canadian province.

I’ll start with summer as we are having a glorious one. It’s currently 5pm as I write this and it’s 29 degrees and sunny. The warm temperatures of summer tend to start late May, although it was a little later this year and can last until October, although the evenings will get cooler towards the end of September.

As Halifax is on the coast, the weather temperatures will certainly be cooler the closer you are to the water. sunset-382203_640

Compared to the UK, the summers here are amazing. Lots of sunshine, warm temperatures with little humidity, compared to other provinces. In general the evenings cool off which makes sleeping a dream. When humidity does build, we are prone to dramatic thunderstorms that light up the whole city. This year has been very quiet on the storm side, but there is plenty of time left.

At the end of the summer, tornado season approaches and we can often catch the tail end of a tropical storm resulting in very windy conditions and sometimes very warm temperatures. The most powerful and damaging hurricane to ever affect Canada was on September 29th 2003, when Hurricane Juan made landfall in Nova Scotia, claiming the lives of 8 individuals.

Fall

Autumn is spectacular here. The sky is generally a deep blue, the sun shines often and the leaves on the trees start changing colours. It is my favourite season. Temperatures range between 12-18 degrees each day but I’ve known it to get up to 22-24 degrees but again, cooler during the night. The trees take on red, russet and golden hues as they prepare to shed their leaves.autumn-974882_1280

The colours really are breathtaking, and this is definitely the time to visit the Provincial parks and forests to appreciate the beauty on a grand scale. People decorate their porches with scarecrows and pumpkins and clean out their garages, turn off outdoor water taps and ready their homes for the long winter ahead.

 

 

Winter.

Ahhh everyone wants to know how we survive the winter here. Again, compared to other provinces our winters are pretty tame. Winter often comes roaring in like a lion, making sure everyone gets ready for the months ahead – that means getting snow tires on and vehicles prepped for winter. We’ve known it to start snowing around mid November but it doesn’t tend to stick around. The real fluffy white snow and cold temperatures start around January into February and early March. We may have the odd day/week of minus 20 but generally we fall into the minus 10 to plus 2 degrees, with the wind chill often making it feel a lot colder.child-1219354_1280

The temperatures are really very manageable. Our outdoor clothing is built for the Canadian climate so we can get out and fully embrace winter and that’s exactly what we do. We ski, we sled, we ice skate and have a lot of fun in the winter.

 

Spring

Spring is pretty here but much later, compared to the UK. Our flowers don’t make an appearance until early May, when the ground warms up. You can feel the strength of the sun and the temperatures start to climb. On average, Spring temperatures range from 10-18 degrees. It tends to be cool in the mornings and evenings, so dressing in layers is key. It’s also the season for bugs and black fly in particular (that’s a whole other blog but suffice to say, they like fresh British blood).

Rainfall on average is around 110cm, which is pretty decent considering we would probably get that much each month in Wales (only kidding).

No matter the weather, very hot or very cold, Canada manages incredibly efficiently and life goes on with little disruption.

If you like a little excitement with your weather, we think you will embrace and love Nova Scotia.

Life is good in Nova Scotia.

Jane & Richard

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