Prince Edward Island has a mild climate thanks to the warm waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Being surrounded by water also means that there is usually a breeze and at times can get quite windy.
Most PEI residents will tell you that summer is their favourite season as temperatures range between 20 and 34 degrees Celsius (70 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit). It is definitely the season of perfect beach weather; we even have the warmest waters north of the Carolinas.
Autumn temperatures range between 8 and 22 degrees Celsius (46 to 71 degrees Fahrenheit). The mornings are cooler than in summer, but the afternoons are still warm. The Island takes on a whole new beauty as the leaves change colour to breathtaking shades of orange, red, and yellow.
During the winter, PEI receives an average total yearly snowfall of 290 centimetres (114 inches). Temperatures range between -3 to -11 degrees Celsius (26 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit), but cold winds can make it feel more like it is -25 degrees Celsius (-13 degrees Fahrenheit).
Snow usually arrives in November and lasts through April. When a snowstorm hits, the Island experiences a “snow day” when schools and businesses close until the weather clears up.
By the time spring rolls around, Islanders are happy to see the snow melt as flowers begin to bloom, the grass comes alive, and trees blossom. Temperatures are quite mild, ranging from 8 to 22 degrees Celsius (46 to 71 degrees Fahrenheit).