Yukon Climate

The Yukon has a sub-arctic climate, but the weather here is as varied as our landscapes. Be prepared for variations in temperature as you travel across the territory. One day an Arctic air mass can dominate, and the next day a warm front can move in from the Pacific. Yukon has a relatively dry climate so you won’t usually experience torrential downpours, only intermittent drizzle or sunshine.

The weather in the Yukon ranges from sunny, warm summers to cold, snowy winters. In summer, the temperature can be plus 30 Celsius and the hot spot of Canada while in winter it can drop to minus 30 Celsius. Above the Arctic Circle, the sun doesn’t set on June 21st and it doesn’t rise on December 21st. Whenever you visit, bring layered clothing options so you can dress appropriately because temperatures can fluctuate and Yukon weather can be unpredictable.

Two seasons dominate in the Yukon. Summer (June, July and August) is an energetic time of long sunny days, and winter (November to March) is cold, bright and snowy. Fall (September and October) is colourful but chilly, and spring (April and May) is marked by late season skiing, swan migrations and early wildflowers.

What to Wear

When you visit the Yukon, chances are you’ll discover the relaxed dress code we know as 'Yukon formal'. Things are casual and comfortable here, and you’ll find that clean jeans and shirt are welcome in just about any Yukon establishment.

Yukon weather can change quickly any time of the year, so pack accordingly. Layered clothing is always a good idea so you can adapt to sudden changes in temperature and conditions, particularly if you’re going hiking or doing other outdoor activities.

Hats, long sleeves and sunscreen are good protection from the intense northern summer sun. If you're coming for a winter Yukon adventure and you don't want to buy a parka and boots, check in advance to see if your tour guide provides winter clothing or if you can rent a winter clothing package.

Suggested Packing List

Spring tours:
Long-sleeved shirts/pants, windbreaker or jacket, wool sweater/fleece vest, warm hat and gloves, walking shoes, waterproof boots.

Summer tours:
Short-sleeved shirts/shorts, long-sleeved shirts/pants, windbreaker or jacket, wool sweater/fleece vest, walking shoes.

Fall tours:
Long-sleeved shirts/pants, windbreaker or jacket, wool sweater/fleece vests, warm hat and gloves, walking shoes, waterproof boots.

Winter tours:
Long-sleeved shirts/pants, long underwear, wool sweater/fleece vest, winter coat or parka, warm hat and gloves, walking shoes, insulated boots.

And you'll need your sunglasses all year round.

Weather Forecasts

Check our historical forecasts to find the average temperature, rain or snow fall, and hours of sunlight during the month of your visit.

The weather in the Yukon ranges from sunny, warm summers to cold, snowy winters. In summer, the temperature can be plus 30 Celsius while in winter it can drop to minus 30 Celsius. In early summer, wildflowers decorate our mountaintops and in early fall, aspens and tundra burn gold and red. Whenever you visit, bring layered clothing options so you can dress appropriately as temperatures can fluctuate and Yukon weather can be unpredictable.

Be prepared for variations in temperature as you travel across the territory. The weather here is as varied as our landscapes. Yukon maintains a relatively dry climate so you won’t usually experience torrential downpours, only light drizzle or sunshine.

Plan for the weather. Check here to find the average temperature, rain or snow fall, and hours of sunlight during the month of your visit.

Whitehorse

Historical Forecast
Temperature: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily Average (°C) -18 -14 -7 1 7 12 14 13 7 1 -9 -15
(°F) 0 7 20 34 44 53 57 55 45 33 15 5
Avg. Daily Maximum (°C) -13 -9 -1 6 13 19 21 19 12 4 -6 -11
(°F) 8 17 31 44 56 65 69 65 54 10 22 13
Avg. Daily Minimum (°C) -22 -19 -12 -5 1 5 8 6 2 -3 -13 -19
(°F) -8 -2 10 24 33 41 46 43 36 26 9 -2
 
Precipitation: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Days of Rainfall   0 0 0 1 7 11 13 13 11 5 1 0
Avg. Rainfall mm 0 0 0 1 13 30 41 39 29 9 1 0.3
in 0 0 0 0.1 0.5 1.2 1.6 1.5 1.2 0.2 0 0
Avg. Snowfall cm 24 17 15 8 2 1 0 1 5 19 27 26
in 9 7 6 3 1 0.2 0 0.4 2 7 11 10
Avg. Snow Depth cm 28 33 31 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 20
in 11 13 12 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.4 4 8
 
Sunshine: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily Hours of Daylight 6 8 11 14 16 18 19 17 14 12 9 6

Dawson City

Historical Forecast
Temperature: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily Average (°C) -27 -22 -12 0.1 8 14 16 13 6 -5 -18 -25
(°F) -16 -8 11 32 47 57 60 55 43 23 0 -12
Avg. Daily Maximum (°C) -23 -17 -4 8 16 21 23 20 12 -1 -14 -20
(°F) -9 2 26 46 60 70 74 68 54 31 7 -5
Avg. Daily Minimum (°C) -31 -28 -20 -8 1 6 8 5 -1 -9 -22 -29
(°F) -24 -19 -4 19 34 43 47 41 31 15 -7 -20
 
Precipitation: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Days of Rainfall   0 0 0 2 11 12 14 13 10 4 0 0
Avg. Rainfall mm 0 0 0 2 26 40 48 42 31 9 0 0
in 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 2 0 0 0
Avg. Snowfall cm 24 17 13 8 2 0 0 0 4 27 36 29
in 10 7 5 3 1 0 0 0 2 11 14 11
Avg. Snow Depth cm 49 54 51 24 0 0 0 0 0 5 23 37
in 19 21 20 9 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 15
 
Sunshine: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily Hours of Daylight 6 9 12 15 19 21 20 17 13 10 8 5

You can view a detailed five-day weather forecast for each Yukon community, which includes temperature, pressure, visibility, humidity, dew point and wind speed. We also have our very own Yukon Aurora Forecast.

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