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The chart above shows the best time of year to visit Ottawa, Canada. These are based on an analysis of weather averages such as temperature, rainfall and number of hours of sunshine. These ratings are based solely on the climate and do not take into account other factors such as accommodation prices and how busy it is likely to be.

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Ottawa weather by month

Please note our recommendations for when to visit Ottawa are based solely on the weather and do not take into accounts accommodation prices, how busy it will be and what events are on.

January

Ottawa January weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length
-6°C 59mm 3.7hrs 10.3hrs

Ottawa's weather in January is typically very cold and reasonably dry in nature.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Ottawa for your holidays. The weather is often pretty bad and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

January is in the winter in Ottawa and is typically the coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a freezing -6°C (21°F), whilst at night -16°C (4°F) is normal.

On average June is the driest month of the year in Ottawa with around 59mm 2.3 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 14 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 3.7 hours of sunshine per day.

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February

Ottawa February weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length
-4°C 58mm 5hrs 11.5hrs

February in Ottawa is generally reasonably dry with the temperature being cold.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Ottawa for your holidays. The weather is often not a good and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

February is in the winter in Ottawa and is typically the 2nd coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a freezing -5°C (24°F), whilst at night -15°C (6°F) is normal.

On average June is the 2nd driest month of the year in Ottawa with around 58mm 2.3 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 12 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 5 hours of sunshine per day.

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March

Ottawa March weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length
1°C 62mm 5.5hrs 12.9hrs

The weather in March in Ottawa is characteristically cold and reasonably dry.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Ottawa for your holidays. The weather is often pretty bad and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

March is in the spring in Ottawa and is typically the 3rd coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a freezing 2°C (35°F), whilst at night -8°C (18°F) is normal.

On average June is the 3rd driest month of the year in Ottawa with around 62mm 2.4 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 11 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 5.5 hours of sunshine per day.

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April

Ottawa April weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length
10°C 65mm 6.7hrs 14.5hrs

Ottawa's weather in April is typically cool and reasonably dry in nature.

Although outside the main holiday season, there is still plenty of fairly acceptable weather around this time of year. This makes it an okay time to visit Ottawa.

April is in the spring in Ottawa and is typically the 4th coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 11°C (51°F), whilst at night 0°C (33°F) is normal.

On average June is the 4th driest month of the year in Ottawa with around 65mm 2.6 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 11 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 6.7 hours of sunshine per day.

Ottawa weather in April »

May

Ottawa May weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length
17°C 73mm 7.9hrs 16hrs

May is a reasonably dry month in Ottawa and the temperature is generally mild.

It is perhaps a good month to visit Ottawa, with some very good weather at this time of year.

May is in the spring in Ottawa and is typically the 5th coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 18°C (65°F), whilst at night 7°C (45°F) is normal.

On average June is the 5th driest month of the year in Ottawa with around 73mm 2.9 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 12 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 7.9 hours of sunshine per day.

Ottawa weather in May »

June

Ottawa June weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length
21°C 83mm 9hrs 10.3hrs

June in Ottawa is generally a little damp with the temperature being mild.

It is perhaps the perfect month to visit Ottawa, with some very good weather at this time of year.

June is in the summer in Ottawa and is typically the 6th coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a comfortable 24°C (75°F), whilst at night 12°C (54°F) is normal.

On average June is the 6th driest month of the year in Ottawa with around 83mm 3.3 inches of rain making it a a little damp time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 12 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 9 hours of sunshine per day.

Ottawa weather in June »

July

Ottawa July weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length
24°C 88mm 9.7hrs 11.5hrs

July in Ottawa is generally a little damp with the temperature being warm.

It is perhaps the perfect month to visit Ottawa, with some particularly good weather at this time of year.

July is in the summer in Ottawa and is typically the 6th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a comfortable 26°C (79°F), whilst at night 15°C (59°F) is normal.

On average June is the 6th wettest month of the year in Ottawa with around 88mm 3.5 inches of rain making it a a little damp time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 11 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 9.7 hours of sunshine per day.

Ottawa weather in July »

August

Ottawa August weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length
22°C 86mm 8.3hrs 12.9hrs

The weather in August in Ottawa is characteristically warm and a little damp.

It is perhaps the perfect month to visit Ottawa, with some inordinately good weather at this time of year.

August is in the summer in Ottawa and is typically the 5th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 25°C (76°F), whilst at night 14°C (57°F) is normal.

On average June is the 5th wettest month of the year in Ottawa with around 86mm 3.4 inches of rain making it a a little damp time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 11 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 8.3 hours of sunshine per day.

Ottawa weather in August »

September

Ottawa September weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length
18°C 80mm 6.2hrs 14.5hrs

Ottawa's weather in September is typically mild and a little damp in nature.

Although outside the main holiday season, there is still plenty of reasonably acceptable weather around this time of year. This makes it a good time to visit Ottawa.

September is in the fall / autumn in Ottawa and is typically the 4th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 20°C (67°F), whilst at night 9°C (49°F) is normal.

On average June is the 4th wettest month of the year in Ottawa with around 80mm 3.2 inches of rain making it a a little damp time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 12 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 6.2 hours of sunshine per day.

Ottawa weather in September »

October

Ottawa October weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length
12°C 71mm 4.8hrs 16hrs

October is a reasonably dry month in Ottawa and the temperature is generally cool.

Although outside the main holiday season, there is still plenty of pretty acceptable weather around this time of year. This makes it an okay time to visit Ottawa.

October is in the fall / autumn in Ottawa and is typically the 3rd warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 13°C (55°F), whilst at night 4°C (39°F) is normal.

On average June is the 3rd wettest month of the year in Ottawa with around 71mm 2.8 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 12 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 4.8 hours of sunshine per day.

Ottawa weather in October »

November

Ottawa November weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length
4°C 84mm 3hrs 10.3hrs

November in Ottawa is generally a little damp with the temperature being cool.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Ottawa for your holidays. The weather is often not a good and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

November is in the fall / autumn in Ottawa and is typically the 2nd warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cold 5°C (40°F), whilst at night -2°C (28°F) is normal.

On average June is the 2nd wettest month of the year in Ottawa with around 84mm 3.3 inches of rain making it a a little damp time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 14 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 3 hours of sunshine per day.

Ottawa weather in November »

December

Ottawa December weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length
-3°C 82mm 2.8hrs 11.5hrs

December in Ottawa is generally a little damp with the temperature being cold.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Ottawa for your holidays. The weather is often relatively bad and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

December is in the winter in Ottawa and is typically the warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a freezing -4°C (25°F), whilst at night -11°C (12°F) is normal.

On average June is the wettest month of the year in Ottawa with around 82mm 3.2 inches of rain making it a a little damp time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 16 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 2.8 hours of sunshine per day.

Ottawa weather in December »

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Ottawa weather stats

Ottawa weather statistics
Hottest month: July 25.9°C 78.6°F
Driest month: February 58mm 2.3ins
Sunniest month: July 9.7hrs
Coldest month: January -6.6°C 20.1°F
Wettest month: July 88mm 3.5ins
Warmest sea: August 18°C 64.4°F
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