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The climate of Northwest Territories (Canada)
Northwest Territories is one of the most northerly located provinces in Canada. About one third of its inhabitants are descendants from the original inhabitants. The colonization of Canada was much more peaceful than the colonization of America because there was a dialogue between the inhabitants and the colonists. The original Indian culture has left its mark on present-day culture and the society. The area is thinly populated and many wild species of animals live here: bears, wolves, caribous and other species. Because Northwest Territories is a very large area there are differences in climate. The southern part has a sub-arctic climate, the northern part has a polar climate. The south has short and warm summers with temperatures rising to 20 degrees Celsius. Winters are long and cold with temperatures between -20 and -30 degrees Celsius. In the northern part summers are short and cold with night time temperatures around freezing point. During the winter temperatures may drop as low as -40 degrees Celsius. The entire area is rather dry because the mountains in the west get most of the rain. In the southern part storms are not uncommon.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Northwest Territories:
Please, note that local deviations may occur.

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
January -23 -31 1 12 -2
February -21 -30 3 9 -2
March -15 -25 6 10 -2
April -5 -15 8 8 -2
May 9 -5 9 7 -1
June 14 1 10 10 0
July 21 7 10 12 3
August 18 7 8 12 8
September 9 2 4 11 7
October 6 -4 2 14 3
November -6 -16 1 13 0
December -19 -27 0 12 -3
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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