Prairie Lightning Storm by Rachel Patterson via Flickr Creative Commons

Saskatchewan is privy to Canada’s largest amount of sunshine, second-largest number of tornadoes, and most dramatic climate variations. Saskatchewan’s distance from major bodies of water makes its winters colder and its summers hotter, but the low humidity makes the summer temperatures up to 100°F and winter temperatures as low as 0°F slightly more bearable. Weather in both seasons grows progressively colder the further north you travel.

Temperatures plummet dramatically after dark during all times of the year, but warm western chinook winds often provide respite from the bitterly cold winter weather. The summer months of June, July, and August are the rainiest, and thunderstorms are frequent occurrences. Saskatchewan also experiences an average of a dozen tornadoes per year.

Best Time to Visit Saskatchewan

Visitors who don’t like extreme climate conditions should avoid visiting in the middle of summer or winter. However, summer is still Saskatchewan’s busiest tourism season, and the greatest number of attractions are open at this time. The many lakes and streams give visitors plenty of ways to cool off from the province’s hot temperatures.

Many visitors prefer to come during Saskatchewan’s shoulder seasons from April to May or September through November. Average May daytime temperatures hover around the 60°F mark, while Indian summers frequently warm up autumn days. Saskatchewan’s cold and long winters typically begin sometime in November and last well into March, low months are accompanied by cheaper airfare and accommodation rates.

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