Temperature and Precipitation
Like most of Yukon, Dawson City has a subarctic climate. The average temperature in July is 15.7 °C (60.3 °F) and in January is −26.0 °C (−14.8 °F). The highest temperature ever recorded is 35.0 °C (95 °F) on 9 July 1899 and 18 June 1950. The lowest temperature ever recorded is −58.3 °C (−73 °F) on 3 February 1947. It experiences a wide range of temperatures surpassing 30 °C (86 °F) in most summers and dropping below −40 °C (−40 °F) in winter.
The community is at an elevation of 320 m (1,050 ft) and the average rainfall in July is 49.0 mm (1.93 in) and the average snowfall in January is 27.6 cm (10.87 in). Dawson has an average total annual snowfall of 166.5 cm (65.55 in) and averages 70 frost free days per year.
Dawson City is an ideal place to take in the breathtaking Northern Lights. With minimal light pollution from the town, you never have to go far to take in the view when the lights are out. The Northern Lights are visible starting at the end of August and continue through until the spring of the year. Check out this handy Aurora Forecast: http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast
Looking to sunbathe all night long? Look no further than Dawson City, with over 21 hours of sunlight on the longest day of the year (June 21st) you’ll be wondering what time it is your entire trip! Most of the summer you’ll be able to take in the Midnight Sun in Dawson, and we suggest checking it out from the top of the Midnight Dome, a perfect spot for the show! To see the sunrise and sunset times throughout the year check out: https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/canada/dawson-city