Niagara Falls Weather & Packing Guide
The unique microclimate of Niagara Falls, ON lies upon the same latitude as Northern California. Niagara is usually warmer in the winter than the surrounding portions of North America and has more days of sunshine than many traditional 'sunbelt' cities. During the summer the weather can range from hot and sunny to cool and damp. Therefore, it is prudent to bring clothing for various weather conditions. The coldest months in Niagara Falls are November through March. There is plenty of snowfall during the winter months.
There are events that occur during all seasons that combine well with the weather, so every season is pleasurable as long as the proper attire is packed.
- Winter - The average highs in Niagara Falls during winter hover around 32 degrees Farenheit. The lows can be pretty chilly- around 20 degrees Farenheit. Warm sweaters, winter jackets, scarves, boots, hats and gloves will help battle the chill in the air.
- Spring - With the average daily temperature in the mid 30s, you still may find yourself bundling up during March. However, pleasant temperatures that average 60 degrees Farenheit greet you in the months of April and May. It is advisable to take a warm jacket for times when low temperatures can drop to the 40s in early spring.
- Summer - The average daily temperature is a balmy 80 degrees Farenheit during this time of the year. A light jacket or sweater is appropriate for occasions when nighttime weather can drop to the mid-50s.
- Fall - The average 60-degree temperature in September and October is still quite pleasurable. November's chilly temperatures averaging 40 degrees will find you bundling up. Overall, it is best to layer clothes in the fall.
Generally speaking, no matter what the weather conditions are, rules for packing should be consistent. Although it is rare for climate patterns to change drastically during any given season, always check the weather forecast before you leave. Good preparation is a good rule of thumb to follow. Be sure that you are comfortable with what you can carry. Usually this means two bags. If bags are too heavy to keep within your grasp, you've packed too much.
- Planning Your Packing - Anything you forget to pack, you'll have to buy. So, make a list of everything that you'll need to take with you, and refer to that list as you pack. This will ensure that nothing will be overlooked (and anything that is you can buy, if needed).
- Preparing Clothes - Lay everything out before you pack. Fold, layer, and pack all like items together. Use undergarments and socks to fill space. Put toiletries and loose items in waterproof containers, or better yet, in a kit or separate bag.
- Packing For Family Members - With the exception of toddlers and infants, each family member should be able to carry at least one piece of luggage. A small backpack is ideal trip with young children.
- Packing For Comfort - With the exception of a special dinner or show, keep in mind that the most important thing you want to think about is comfort. Those new shoes may look great on your feet, but will you be able to handle walking or standing for long periods of time?