Seasonal Change in the Shuswap

The nice thing about the Shuswap region and Salmon Arm, well known for its beautiful, lush setting amidst mountains, lakes and valleys, highlighted by magnificent Shuswap Lake, and rich in culture and arts and our diversified economy includes forestry, agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and commerce, is the simple fact that the climate is moderate and has four distinct seasons.

This setting continues to attract and maintain a stable, happy, productive workforce and is attractive for retirement and semi-retirement, as well as those looking to move away from the hustle and bustle of BC’s bigger cities. Relative to many Canadian centres, the costs of housing, industrial land, business services and infrastructure can be somewhat lower.

In Salmon Arm, the summers are warm and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing, snowy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -7 °C to 28 °C and is rarely below -17 °C or above 33 °C.

This climate allows for a greater appreciation of each season, along with the leisure opportunities that each has to offer, such as boating, hiking, and camping in the warmer months, and skiing, ice fishing, and skating in the colder.

Average Temperatures & Precipitation

The warm season lasts for 3 months from early-June to early-September, with an average daily high temperature above 22 °C, and the hottest month of the year being July, with an average high of 27 °C and low of 12 °C.

The cold season lasts for 3-4 months, from md-November to late-February, with an average daily high temperature below 5 °C. The coldest month of the year in Salmon Arm is December, with an average low of -6 °C and high of -0 °C.

The wetter season lasts for nearly 9 months, from October to July, with a greater than 23% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the greatest number of wet days in Salmon Arm is November, with an average of 9 days with at least 1 millimetre of precipitation.

The drier season lasts just over 3 months, from July to October. The month with the fewest wet days in Salmon Arm is August, with an average of 5 days with at least 1 millimetre of precipitation.

Contact Jeremy Osborne for more information on living in the Shuswap!

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