Today, the UV index suggests low sun danger (0-2) in Québec, reaching up to 1. Remember sunglasses and SPF 30+ on sunny days, and be cautious around reflective surfaces like sand, water, and snow for increased UV exposure.
Read more here about the climate and sun exposure in and around Québec.
The UV index in Québec can vary throughout the year, reaching its highest levels during the summer months. In July, when the sun is at its strongest, the UV index often reaches a high value of 8 or 9 (very high) on a scale of 1 to 11+. This means that it is crucial to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun by wearing sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, and by seeking shade during peak sun hours.
Québec experiences four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Spring brings mild temperatures, with averages ranging from 5 °C to 15 °C (41 °F to 59 °F). Summers are generally warm, with temperatures ranging from 20 °C to 30 °C (68 °F to 86 °F), providing pleasant conditions for outdoor activities. Fall brings cooler temperatures, ranging from 10 °C to 20 °C (50 °F to 68 °F), accompanied by beautiful foliage. Winters in Québec are cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, averaging between -10 °C and -20 °C (14 °F and -4 °F), and sometimes even colder. Snowfall is common during this season.
Compared to other regions, Québec experiences a moderate amount of sun exposure. The province is located at a relatively high latitude, which means that in the winter months, the days are shorter and receive less sunlight. However, during the summer, Québec receives longer daylight hours, allowing for more sun exposure. It is important to be mindful of this and to take appropriate measures to protect your skin and eyes from the sun throughout the year.
The chart above displays the Shortwave Radiation Sum (MJ/m²) for each day of the last year in Québec. It's designed to provide you with a better understanding of the yearly weather and sun exposure.