Climate & Geography

The North East Avalon Peninsula is the most Easterly Point in North America, making one feel at times as though you’re in the middle of the Mighty Atlantic Ocean. In the city there are many varieties of trees that were brought over from Europe that have taken root and spread for hundreds of years. Viewing the city from Signal hill or Shea Heights Lookout you can visualze the European influence in the geography from the small windswept tuckamore trees along the outlying areas and the giant maples and oaks creating a cantopy over the colourful victorian houses inside the urban core. The Northeast Avalon coastline has hundreds of km of hiking trails scatterd amongst beautiful cliffs, inlits, waterfalls, abandon fishing villages, and beaches that will take your breath away. Along these coastlines there are are many ponds, lakes, rivers and hills for exploring in the winter on snowshoes, snowmobiles, or in the spring, summer, fall, seaons, you can access them on mountain bikes and quads. Whatever you go there is open spaces, and beautiful landscape thats yours to discover. 

The island of Newfoundland has a variety of climate types, but it is cool summer – humid continental climate. The Gulf Stream makes the waters south of Newfoundland very warm with water temps as high as 22°c creating foggy, windy, and moody cloudy days when mixed with the cold Atlantic water. The result of the frigid Northern Labrador Current meeting with the warm Gulf Stream also creates bazaar weather with very strong high and low pressures resulting in days that can display all four seasons.
 
St. John’s is also prone to a lot of precipitation year-round, making it the wettest outside of British Columbia, due to the tracking of many tropical storms and at times hurricanes that swipe through the province. The City has a unique feel, and weather dictates conversations amongst all residents, due to the facts that it is the foggiest, windiest, cloudiest, and almost the wettest of all the major cities of Canada.
 

The Seasons:

Spring is paired with winter like temps (, and is often very cold and long which can create “seasonal affective disorder”, and summer hits with a vengeance out of nowhere not preparing you for hot and humid days resulting in week long stints of +20°c that feel like a sticky +30°c. Fall time in the metro area is slightly later, beautiful and very pleasant, yet the late fall, be prepared for hurricane season, which lasts until the end of the year. The North East Avalon winters are grey, full of freak snowstorms, and can often dump whole seasons worth of snow in hours, that disappear with rain.

Temperature:

The city of St. John’s in perspective is at the same latitude as Quebec City, Quebec or Seattle Washington. However, the tempretures, are very different.

Spring ranges from: -5°c to + 15°c
Summer ranges from: +15°c to +30°c
Fall ranges from: +15°c to +20°c
Winter ranges from: -15°c to +10°c

Averages temperatures by month, according to the National Centres For Environmental Information:

January-1° / -8°11 days

February-1° / -9°10 days

March1° / -5°11 days

April5° / -1°10 days

May11° / 2°10 days

June15° / 6°9 days

July20° / 11°10 days

August20° / 12°9 days

September16° / 9°11 days

October11° / 4°13 days

November6° / 0°13 days

December2° / -4° 13 days
 
Tips for the weather:
  • 4 seasons of clothing are a must
  • Suggested studded winter tires if commuting the highways
  • Sunlight Lightbulbs for your house if affected by (SAD)
  • Snowblowers are essential especially if located along metro snowbelt areas
  • Fans and AC units often are shopped out in summer months in local stores
  • Rain jackets, windbreakers, umbrellas, and tack tops can be your best friend