Fact or Fiction–It’s always cold in Canada? Fiction!
Fact or Fiction–Saskatchewan is cold all year round? Fiction!
Fact or Fiction–Canada’s hottest temperature was recorded in Saskatchewan? Fact!
Fact or Fiction–The hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada was 114 degrees Fahrenheit or 45.5556 Celsius on July 5, 1937, in Yellowgrass, Saskatchewan. Fact!
Yellowgrass is a small town near Weyburn in southern Saskatchewan, situated at the crossroads of two provincial highways–#39 and #621. It was settled in the late 1800s and incorporated as a village in 1903, when Saskatchewan was still part of the Northwest Territories, then incorporated as a town in 1906, the year after Saskatchewan became a province.
When I was writing the book, L is for Land of Living Skies: A Saskatchewan Alphabet, I was glad to have Y is for Yellowgrass, since Y isn’t exactly one of the easiest letters to find a meaningful fact or piece of information for!
These are some of the photos I took in Yellowgrass for Lorna Bennett, the book’s illustrator, to use to paint the hot-hot summer scene from 1937. She used the old stone schoolhouse with some children splashing water from pails in the schoolyard.
FAQ About Saskatchewan Weather
- Saskatchewan holds the record for the hottest day ever recorded in Canada–Yellowgrass on July 5, 1937, at 114 Fahrenheit or 45.5556 Celsius.
- The average daytime July (the hottest month) temperature in Southern Saskatchewan is 80 Fahrenheit or 26.66 Celsius.
- The cold record set in Saskatchewan was in Prince Albert on February 1, 1893, at -70 Fahrenheit or -56.7 Celsius.
- The average daytime temperature in Southern Saskatchewan in January (the coldest month) is 23 Fahrenheit or -5 Celsius.
- The average snowfall in Southern Saskatchewan each winter is 40 inches or 100 centimeters.
- The average yearly precipitation (includes snowfall) in Southern Saskatchewan is 16.5 inches or 419 millimeters.
- Southern Saskatchewan averages about 321 sunny days each year!
- For everything you ever wanted to know about Saskatchewan, its features and people, read L is for Land of Living Skies: A Saskatchewan Alphabet.