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Climate

 


We love it here! The Summers are hot! The Winters are better than other parts of Alberta.


Seasonal Average Temperatures

Summer 17.1 C 62.8 F
Spring 4.2 C 39.6 F
Fall 5.1 C 41.2 F
Winter -16.6 C 2.1 F


Please note extreme temperatures

Maximum 37.8 C 100.04 F
Minimum -44.4 C -47.92 F


Average Annual Precipitation:

Rain 32.5 cm 12.8 in
Snow 138.9 cm 54.7 in
Total 132.33 cm 52.1 in


Summer - June to August

Generally Drumheller and the Canadian Badlands region enjoy warm and sunny summers with 109 frost-free days. As for what to pack, sunscreen with a high SPF is a must, as well as a hat to protect you from the sun. Expect July and August to be particularly scorching with plenty of bright sunshine.


Precipitation

The Badlands region generally experiences very low levels of precipitation and almost no humidity. These dry conditions are fairly typical across the province of Alberta, but can change without warning. The summer of 2005, for example, saw abnormally high volumes of rain in the month of June, which even led to flooding in parts of southern Alberta. So while you definitely won't need a full rain suit, a sturdy umbrella is good to have just in case.


Spring and Fall

Weather conditions in the transitional seasons can vary greatly. Generally, Spring occurs in May and lasts for one month. Expect a lot of sun during the day and very cool temperatures at night. Autumn in Drumheller begins in September and can last as late as November. Daytime temperature can fluctuate a lot in the Fall, so pack for both cold and hot weather - even for short trips.


Winter - October to April

Winters are quite cold in Drumheller and can bring ample snow, but Chinook winds tend to moderate these chilly conditions. The winter months are a great time to visit the Badlands. By coming in the winter, you'll beat the line-ups for the Royal Tyrrell Museum as well as have your pick of great hotel and bed & breakfast accommodations. For your winter Badlands getaway, be sure to pack clothing that can be layered. That way you'll be able to bundle-up for the cold and strip-down for the Chinooks.


Winter Chinooks

A Chinook is a warm, dry wind that descends the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains and causes sudden temperature increases of up to 30 degrees Celsius (83 degrees Fahrenheit). It is pronounced sha-nuk.


Roads in southern Alberta

Can be particularly icy following a Chinook. The winds only last for a day or two, and during that time they cause snow to melt very quickly. When the Chinook passes, snow run-off freezes and quickly turns to ice on roads and sidewalks. For this reason, sanding trucks are a common sight in Drumheller and southern Alberta during the winter months.

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