Don't be put off by what you hear about Newfoundland weather! Sure, it can be windy, rainy or foggy in St. John's on any given day—but that can change quickly to blue skies and sunshine by lunchtime.
We have what's known as a temperate climate, which saves us from the extreme temperature differences you see in many other parts of Canada. During the summer months, the temperature can go from cool to warm with an average of 20 degrees Celsius in July. Winters here are generally mild with an average temperature of 0 degrees Celsius.
On average, the annual rainfall is 1190 millimetres and annual snowfall is 322 centimetres.
To try your hand at weather forecasting, here are some traditional folk methods used to predict our weather:
- In the fall, look out for dogberries. The higher the number on the trees around the city, the harsher the upcoming winter is imagined to be.
- Check out the birds. If you see seagulls flying higher than normal, bad weather is expected around the bend.
- What colour is the sky? As the saying goes: “Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.”