Today, the UV index suggests low sun danger (0-2) in Vancouver, reaching up to 0.6. 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 Vancouver.
The UV index in Vancouver can range from low to moderate throughout the year, with the highest values typically occurring in the summer months. It is important to protect your skin by wearing sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses, especially between 10 am and 4 pm. The UV index is a scale that measures the strength of ultraviolet radiation from the sun, and it helps us understand the potential risk of sunburn and skin damage.
Vancouver experiences four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Spring is mild and gradually warms up, with temperatures ranging from 7 °C to 15 °C (45 °F to 59 °F). Summers are relatively dry with temperatures reaching an average high of 20 °C to 23 °C (68 °F to 73 °F), making it a great time to enjoy outdoor activities. Fall brings cooler temperatures, ranging from 10 °C to 16 °C (50 °F to 61 °F), along with colorful foliage. Winters in Vancouver are mild compared to other parts of Canada, with average temperatures around 3 °C to 8 °C (37 °F to 46 °F) and occasional snowfall.
Compared to its region, Vancouver has a relatively mild climate with moderate sun exposure. Other cities in British Columbia, such as Victoria and Kelowna, experience similar weather patterns. However, when compared to cities further east like Calgary or Toronto, Vancouver tends to have milder winters and cooler summers. The Pacific Ocean plays a significant role in Vancouver's weather, influencing humidity levels and reducing extreme temperature variations. It is always advisable to check the local forecast for up-to-date weather information.
The chart above displays the Shortwave Radiation Sum (MJ/m²) for each day of the last year in Vancouver. It's designed to provide you with a better understanding of the yearly weather and sun exposure.