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Yellowknife the coldest, sunniest city in Canada

01/16/2014 12:58 EST | Updated 03/18/2014 05:59 EDT
Environment Canada looked at 100 Canadian cities and ranked them based in categories, such as longest winter, driest city, and sunniest year round.

Yellowknife came out on top in 13 of 75 lists. 

“I think of Yellowknife as a weather champion,” says David Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada. “You're number one in so many aspects of the weather."

Yellowknife topped many winter weather lists, including coldest year round, longest snow cover, most cold days and most extreme wind chill.

With average winter temperatures of -28.9 degrees, Phillips says Yellowknife holds lots of cold weather records, including extreme wind chill.

The coldest temperature recorded in the N.W.T. capital with the wind? -63.99

Mayor Mark Heyck says it takes a special breed of person to live in this kind of cold.

“The temperatures here in Yellowknife are a point of pride for people who live here,” Heyck says. “We hear about the polar vortex and deep freeze that a lot of southern parts of Canada are in and here in YK we call that December through February.”

But Yellowknife is not all about cold.

The city comes out on top in the warmer months as well.

“You have the sunniest summers and the sunniest springs,” Phillips says. “That's something that should be on your bumper stickers.”

In the spring, Yellowknife sees almost 100 more hours of sun than the second place city, Winnipeg.

As for the other territories, Whitehorse was on top when it came to the percentage of precipitation falling as snow. Whitehorse was also the driest city, with the driest summer air. 

Iqaluit didn't make any list. That’s because, with a population of less than 10,000, it wasn't included.

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