Winnipeg experiences a continental climate characterized by four distinct seasons. Average temperatures range between -12 degrees Celsius (+10.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter months to +26 degrees Celsius (+78.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summertime. Due to its northern location, Winnipeg residents enjoy 2,300 hours of sunlight annually and up to 16 hours of sunlight daily during the summer months. Winnipeg averages approximately 51.4 centimetres (20.2 inches) of precipitation each year.
Dressing for the Winter
If you are arriving in the winter, you will quickly learn it is key to layer up. You might be tempted to buy the puffiest coat you can find, but that will not be enough if you do not have an adequate number of layers. It is also very important that you make sure your extremities (e.g. fingers, toes, ears, and face) are properly covered to avoid any risks of exposure (i.e.,frostbite).
- BaseLayer -– This layer will be in direct contact with your skin. Try to find a fabric that is light enough so if you start sweating the fabric will dry quickly (or at least not hold the moisture).
- MidLayer – This layer will add insulation and help trap your body heat and keep you warm. It should be comfortable enough for you to move around but tight enough so that it does not let cold air inside. An example of this layer is a fleece sweater.
- OuterLayer – This final layer will protect you from the elements, such as the cold air and snow. Similar to the middle layer, it should be comfortable for you to move around in it, but it should also be tight enough to protect you from the cold air.
In addition to these layers, investing in a good pair of winter boots, a scarf, a pair of gloves or mittens, and a warm hat is a good idea. Keep in mind that good quality does not necessarily mean the most expensive.