Summer is hot. That’s the whole point. It’s the season of pool parties, beach trips, backyard barbecues — of T-shirts, shorts, and flip-flops. We crank up the AC in summer, turn on the fans, sip iced tea or cold lager or chilled rosé.
But not every place on earth gets hot in summer. Some stay pleasingly cool, never becoming sweltering. Others descend into sweater weather, and might even have you reaching for your parka.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed average monthly temperatures for thousands of weather stations around the world from NOAA. We identified the 51 places on Earth where it gets the coldest in the summer months. We’re talking about summer in the traditional sense of June, July, and August (or December, January, and February in the Southern Hemisphere).
As you might expect, Canada, the Russian Federation, and Scandinavia feature prominently on the list. Only two U.S. areas make the cut, though — one in Alaska, the other (perhaps unexpectedly) in Oregon.
We’ve left continental Antarctica out of our calculations simply because it would sweep the board if we left it in. While temperatures above 50º F have occasionally been recorded on the coast there during the South Pole summer (December through February), inland temperatures in the same season generally top out at -22º Fahrenheit — not exactly beach or iced tea weather.
Correction: Due to a transcription error, Crater Lake, Oregon, #41 on our list, was incorrectly named Harbor Lake, Oregon in a previous version of this article. This error has been corrected.