Yellowknife, where it's located

The climate of Yellowknife is cold continental, with long, freezing winters and mild summers.
The city is the capital of the Northwest Territories, and is located at the 62nd parallel north, on the shores of the Great Slave Lake.
On the coldest days of the year, the temperature can drop to -40 °C (-40 °F) or even below. In February 1947, it went down to -51 °C (-60 °F). On the hottest days of the year, it can reach 28/30 °C (82/86 °F).
The average temperature of the coldest month (January) is of -25.6 °C (-14 °F), that of the warmest month (July) is of 17 °C (63 °F). Here are the average temperatures.
Yellowknife - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)-30-28-23-110813104-4-18-26
Max (°C)-22-18-11010182118101-10-18
Min (°F)-22-18-9123246555039250-15
Max (°F)-801232506470645034140

Precipitation amounts to 290 millimeters (11.4 inches) per year: it is therefore scarce. It ranges from 10 mm (0.4 in) in the driest month (April) to 40 mm (1.6 in) in the wettest ones (July, August). On average, 158 cm (62 in) of snow fall per year, from September to May. Here is the average precipitation.
Yellowknife - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)151515102030404035302515290
Prec.(in)0.60.60.60.40.81.21.61.61.41.210.611.4
Days11108578101011131411118

On average, there are around 2,255 sunshine hours per year. The amount of sunshine is good in spring and summer. Here are the average sunshine hours per day.
Yellowknife - Sunshine
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hours246911121295211

Yellowknife

Best Time


The best time to visit Yellowknife is summer, from June to August, since it is the mildest season.