Sunshine in Nunavut: Average Hours and Days a Year

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The tables below list yearly averages for the number of sunny days and hours of sunshine at places in Nunavut.

You can jump to a separate table for each section of the territory: Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Nunavut.

Each place has three measures of sunshine. The number for % Sun is the usual percentage of daylight hours with bright sunshine. Hours gives the total hours of bright sunshine that's normal during a year. Days statistics are for the typical number of days annually with any amount of measurable sunshine. All the data are averages for the years 1981 to 2010.

Southern Nunavut

Communities here are in the Kivalliq Region. Baker Lake is west of Hudson Bay, while Coral Harbour is on Southampton Island.

Total annual sunshine
% Sun Place Hours Days
34 Baker Lake 1748 240
37 Coral Harbour 1860 258

Eastern Nunavut

This section covers Baffin Island and the Melville Peninsula.

Average amount of sunshine yearly
% Sun Place Hours Days
27 Cape Dorset 1457 227
28 Igloolik 1702 225
29 Iqaluit 1477 250
40 Pond Inlet 1844 199

Western Nunavut

Known as the Kitikmeot Region, these places are on Nunavut's northern mainland and Victoria Island.

Annual sunshine averages
% Sun Place Hours Days
30 Cambridge Bay 1730 236
32 Kugluktuk 1822 237

Northern Nunavut

Resolute is located on Cornwallis Island. Eureka is farther north, on the west side of Ellesmere Island. Alert, on the northern coast of Ellesmere Island is Canada's northernmost weather station.

Total sunshine a year
% Sun Place Hours Days
36 Alert 1902 164
40 Eureka 2057 188
29 Resolute 1557 183
Reference

Environment Canada. Meteorological Service of Canada. Canadian Climate Normals. 1981-2010 Climate Normals & Averages.

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