Southern Alberta Climate

Home of the Chinook

The Chinook - it’s a warm, dry wind that moves down the eastern slopes of the Rockies and can move the temperature from frigid cold to T-shirt weather within an hour. It moderates winters in the Region – generating the warmest winters on the prairies.

Then there’s the summer – bright blue skies, and warm temperatures. The area receives the highest amount of sunshine in Canada.

There’s one thing you should know – you have to appreciate the stiff breeze once in awhile for what it is: weather moderator in winter, and economic generator in the southwest corner of the Region – which has emerged as Canada’s wind energy capital.

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C -5.6 -2.7 3.7 12.7 18.9 23.1 25.7 25 18.8 13.6 1.9 -4.2 10.9
Average low °C -17 -14.1 -7.8 -1.7 4.2 8.8 10.9 9.7 4.2 -1.1 -9.7 -15.7 -2.4
Precipitation (mm) 14.7 12.2 19.5 27.9 44.1 58.8 41.7 39.3 39.4 17 14.7 18.9 348
Average high °F 22 27 39 55 66 74 78 77 66 56 35 24 52
Average low °F 1 7 18 29 40 48 52 49 40 30 15 4 28
Precipitation (inches) 0.58 0.48 0.77 1.1 1.74 2.31 1.64 1.55 1.55 0.67 0.58 0.74 13.7

Source: Environment Canada