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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
September 1, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Climate and Weather

Canadians like to talk about the weather. That's because Canadian weather is changing constantly and can vary greatly - from lower than −30C in winter to more than +30C in the summer. Weather has an impact on the daily lives of all Canadians, whether at leisure or at work. Little wonder that conversations often begin with How's the weather?.

There are four main seasons: fall, winter, spring and summer. In the city of Waterloo, the temperature ranges from an average of 25C in summer, to −10C in winter.

Fall (September - December)
During these months, the temperature is warm at the beginning, getting colder as the season goes on. Sweaters and jackets are the most common type of clothing during these months.

Winter (December - March)
It is the coldest season and low minus temperatures usually prevail. Snowfalls and wind are common throughout all the winter months. K-W is in the snow belt of Ontario. You need to wear a warm coat, gloves, winter boots, a hat and a scarf. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear. Running shoes or leather soled shoes are dangerous to wear in icy weather. You will need a good pair of winter boots that will not only keep your feet warm, but will help to prevent you from slipping and falling on the icy sidewalks - something that international students have to be careful with.

Spring (March - June)
Mild and cool at times, getting warmer heading into June. It usually rains in the spring, particularly throughout the month of April. Common dress during spring is similar to fall, where sweaters and lightweight jackets are most practical.
Summer (June - September)
These are the warmest months where sunshine and hot, humid temperatures are common, primarily in mid summer. Lightweight clothing such as cotton and items including shorts and t-shirts are most comfortable.


You should dress according to the weather. Bring with you clothing appropriate for our four seasons: warm coats/jackets, mittens/gloves, boots and hats for winter and lighter clothing for fall/spring and summer. You may buy necessary clothing items as you need once you are here. There are many different clothing stores in Waterloo and Kitchener.

Canadian students dress casually for classes and, indeed, for most occasions. Sweat pants, jeans and T-shirts are acceptable for both men and women. The emphasis is more on comfort and practicality than fashion trends.