What is the weather or climate like in Edmonton?
With about 2,300 hours of bright sunshine per year, Edmonton is one of Canada's sunniest cities.
Summer days are warm and long, with sunshine lasting as long as 17 hours per day and temperature averaging 17 degrees Celsius and even exceeding 30 degrees Celsius for a handful of days. The long summer days are the perfect setting for Edmonton’s many summer festivals
Winter days are often sunny too. Aside from relatively brief cold snaps, you'll find the winters quite tolerable with temperatures averaging -11 degrees Celsius in January. Edmontonians embrace the winter months with many outdoor activities including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating, and tobogganing and celebrate with the winter-long Winter Light festival.
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