Located in the far south of Ontario, close to the American city of Detroit, Essex County enjoys the warmest climate of any of Ontario’s counties.
Our region has a semi-continental climate, with a warm, humid summer and a cold winter.
Our climate is influenced by its location on the shores of the Great Lakes. The water in the lakes ensures Essex County is warmer in winter and cooler in summer than it would otherwise be. The lakes are also the source of our summer humidity.
Although we are Ontario’s warmest county, don’t let that fool you; our winters can still be severe. Snow depths of greater than 1 cm are seen on about 53 days in an average year in Essex County, compared with about 10 days each year in Vancouver, 35 days in Penticton, 65 days in Toronto, 88 days in Calgary, 120 days in Ottawa, and 132 days in Winnipeg.
We enjoy a sunny climate. Our summers usually have a generous number of warm or hot sunny days, contributing to our long growing season here. Winters are rather less sunny than in the prairie cities of Calgary and Winnipeg.
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