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Weather & Climate

When it comes to the weather in Newfoundland and Labrador, you'll never be stuck for conversation. Folks here love to talk about the weather. And for good reason. Ranging from mildly surprising to downright unpredictable, it can be as spontaneous as the people you'll meet along the way. But with a little planning, it can be just as enjoyable.

And for all the things a forecast can bring on any given day, there are a few things you probably won't miss, like smog. In fact, one of the first things you might notice is the clean, fresh sea air. Surrounded by 29,000 kilometres of coastline, there's certainly no shortage of open space.

Thanks to the temperate marine climate, you won't have to contend with extreme temperatures either. St. John's, the capital city, enjoys the third mildest winter in Canada, and comfortable cool-to-warm summers.

For the island of Newfoundland, the average summer temperature is 16°C (61°F) while the average winter temperature hovers around 0°C (32°F). In Labrador, the winter climate is somewhat harsher, but temperatures can top 25°C (77°F) during the short but pleasant summers.

Spring (April – May)

Though it tends to arrive a little later, spring in Newfoundland and Labrador comes with an entourage of icebergs and whales that's well worth the wait. Take a boat tour or spot bergs from the shore. Either way, dress in warm layers, prepare for a shower or two, and bring your camera.

Summer (June – August)

Summer is perfect for all kinds of outdoor activities, whether it's strolling through old city streets or hiking somewhere slightly off the beaten path. Cast a line and experience some of the world's best fishing, take a boat tour to catch a glimpse of whales and icebergs around the coastline, or enjoy one of the many summer music festivals and cultural events. While the temperature frequently reaches shorts and T-shirt weather, the fresh ocean air is bound to keep you cool.

Fall (September – October)

A crisper version of summer, fall is hiking season in Newfoundland and Labrador. Golf courses are still in full swing, and campers continue to flock to the National Parks to enjoy the fall foliage. Evenings can be chilly so layers are a good idea.

Winter (November – March)

This season comes with generous amounts of fresh powder. Skiing and snowboarding, as well as snowshoeing and snowmobiling are all very popular, and best enjoyed with plenty of warm clothes. Winter is also a great time to unwind at a romantic B&B, relax at the spa, experience fine dining by the fire, and treat yourself to a shopping excursion.

Seasonal Average Temperature Breakdown (°C)

Newfoundland Weather Highs and Lows