Vancouver’s coastal location equates to mild temperatures moderated by the ocean,
however, the breeze and winds off the sea create a series of smaller, varying climates formally known as microclimates. This means that conditions differ and are harsher in some places than others. The combination of the mountains and the ocean create an interesting and diverse climate.
Vancouver’s average temperature is only 11 degrees celcius. The warm and favourable growing season is, on average, over 220 days long, one of the longest in the country. Winters are mild in the Vancouver area, especially compared to other areas of the country. Winters are often short with minimal snow and an average low of only -9 degrees celsius. The summer, on the other hand, is also mild, and visitors and locals alike can expect and prepare for a lot of rain. The actual amount of rain is hard to predict, because it varies across the region and from year to year. Interestingly, though, the climate may seem to favour harsh storms as well, but harsh and extreme storms have been less frequent and prominent over the last few decades.
The climate and topogrophy (i.e. the mountains), create favourable conditions for some potentially harsh weather and natural disasters. Hurricanes, harsh storms and earthquakes are all risks that are faced by those living in Vancouver and he surrounding areas. As a matter of fact, some of the most intense and largest earthquakes in the world have happened in British Columbia.
Overall, Vancouver has a lot to offer both locals and visitors. If you are planning on visiting, the most important thing to pack is a rain coat. Expect more rain than sun, but the mild temperatures and beautiful views make the rain worthwhile. The best time to visit is in the summer months as the fall and spring tend to be more damp and rainy.