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It's a two-sweater August in the NWT

Environment Canada has confirmed what residents of the N.W.T. know all too well-- it's been a cold summer. In fact, it's colder than it's ever been before in the middle of August.

Environment Canada has confirmed what residents of the N.W.T. know all too well-- it's been a cold summer. In fact, it's colder than it's ever been before in the middle of August.

Temperatures in Hay River and Yellowknife have plunged to a new low of 1.3 degrees in the last few days, and it's even colder when you take windchill into account.

The weather is even worse in the Mackenzie Delta, where it snowed recently.

It also snowed in Colville Lake, where Jean Oudzie lives. He says people are already getting ready for winter.



"Even now it's cold outside, there's hardly any kids around. I hear some women saying they're going for berries for the last few weeks, and they couldn't even get out on the lake," he says. "I always see smoke coming out of the chimneys every morning and all day long, some of them are talking about repairing skidoos and all that."

Oudzie says he remembers snow falling and staying in September about 15 years ago.

Earlier this summer gardeners complained the cool weather had either delayed some crops, or wiped them out altogether. The cold is stark contrast with the southern part of the country, which has been suffering from extended heat and drought.