The seasonal variations in climate to a great extent have an effect on the Canadian experience and contribute to Canada’s culture. Weather in Canada is often associated with cold weather and snow but varies widely depending on the place. The cycle of the seasons greatly influences the way people dress. The weather offers an endless source of conversational material. It is common that people talk about the weather when they exchange greetings.
Most of Canada has four different seasons: spring, summer, autumn (fall) and winter.
Spring in most parts of Canada is a rainy season, when temperatures grow warmer day by day, even though the nights remain cool. Spring is usually pleasant across the country.
In the summer months of June, July and August, the weather in parts of southern Canada can be as hot as any tropical country. Daylight summer temperatures can go up to 35°C and higher. City office buildings and shops are equipped with air conditioning. It has hot, dry weather with occasional summer rainstorms.
Autumns are often crisp and cool, but brightened by rich orange and red leaves on trees. The weather tends to be rainy and changeable. In most places snow usually comes in November.
During the winter months of December, January, February and March, the temperature in Canada remains below freezing most of the time. Winters are mild and wet on the west coast, in cities such as Vancouver and Victoria. In the winter, it is possible to freeze to death unless you have the proper clothing, training and experience. Almost all homes and offices are equipped with central heating. Some cities have also installed walkways to and from buildings in schools.