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The climate in the Canadian capital of Ottawa is semi-continental. The summers are warm and humid, while the winters are frigid. Snowfall in Ottawa is severe, with snow depths exceeding more than a centimetre for 120 days of the year.
In winter (December to February), the mercury often drops below zero, with lows reaching 5°F (-15°C) at night. Fortunately, the summer months (June to August) are more pleasant, with an abundance of sunny and warm days.
The weather fluctuates considerably during spring and autumn, with an increased chance of unseasonal heatwaves and early or late snowfall.
►Read Getting Around in Ottawa to learn more about public transport in the city
"I can’t stand winter. You’d think I’d be used to it by now… well, I am, but I still hate it. It’s brutal. It makes life complicated—commuting, wearing layers of clothing, etc. And this season is so long! I miss a true European spring!"
Learn more about expat life in Ottawa in our interview with French expat Juliette.
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