First let us define two terms:
Cooling degree days (CDD): The amount of energy required to cool a building.
Heating degree days (HDD): The amount of energy required to heat a building.
Now, in an ideal world the temperature would be just right (with a daily mean of 18C), but most of the time the temperature is above or below that. Both are equally bad, so we will add the CDD and the HDD together. The lower the number, the more favourable the climate.
When the numbers are crunched for July 2015 in Canada, the data shows that the best places in Canada to July are as follows:
1) ESQUIMALT, BC with 36.2 degree days (22.5 HDD + 13.7 CDD)
2) YARMOUTH, NS with 37.2 DD
3) SHEARWATER, NS with 39.2 DD
4) NAPPAN, NS with 39.9 DD
5) DEBERT, NS with 41.1 DD
6) ADDENBROKE ISLAND, BC with 42.2 DD (38.3 HDD + 3.9 CDD)
By comparison, here is the list of the worst places to spend July:
1) QIKIQTARJUAQ, NU with 449.7 DD (all HDD)
2) CLYDE RIVER, NU with 429.3 DD
3) CAPE DORSET, NU with 424.7 DD
Since those places are all way up in the high Arctic, let's skip all the locations out on the tundra where no one lives or where no roads lead to. This gives us the following severe places:
1) Lillooet, BC with 226.5 DD (1.2 HDD + 225.3 CDD)
2) LYTTON, BC with 216.1
3) ASHCROFT, BC with 210.3
4) OSOYOOS, BC with 207.7
Here are some other places with better climates than the above spots:
BATHURST INLET, NU = 185.9 DD
CHURCHILL, MB = 184.9 DD
ST. JOHN'S, NL = 182.5 DD
WINNIPEG, MB = 128.4 DD
WHITEHORSE, YT = 121.7 DD
OTTAWA, ON = 109.3 DD
ABBOTSFORD, BC = 90 DD (6.7 + 83.3)
EDMONTON, AB = 81 DD
YELLOWKNIFE, NWT = 66.4 DD
FORT LIARD, NWT = 52 DD (26.6 + 25.4)
BTW, the Osoyoos (207.7), Peachland (192.7), and Okanagan Centre (168.9) are the only places in Canada where you didn't need to turn the heat on last month (no HDD).
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