Ottawa currently the coldest capital city in the world.

Ottawa is currently the coldest capital city in the world, with temperatures reaching a low of –29 C overnight.

The extreme cold has pushed Ottawa well below the rest of the world’s coldest capital cities.Mongolia’s capital, Ulan Bator, is on average the coldest national capital in the world.

But Ottawa’s overnight temperature of –29 C on Wednesday fell below that for Ulan Bator, which experienced an overnight low of about –26 C.

Moscow and Astana, Kazakhstan, two of the other coldest capitals according to the World Atlas , recorded Wednesday overnight lows of around 2 C and –13 C, respectively.

Some other temperatures from world capitals recorded overnight:

  • Helsinki 1
  • Reykjavik –4
  • Tallinn 0
  • Nuuk, Greenland –6

The overnight temperature in Novosibirsk, the unofficial capital of the Russian region of Siberia, reached a low of –14.With wind chills making it feel like –36 in Ottawa, the public health office issued a frostbite warning that remained in effect Thursday.

Environment Canada says  that the weather we are having is unusual, but not because it’s cold.What’s unusual is how long this wave of frigid air will stay around.

Extreme cold weather warnings remained in effect Thursday for Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec, while special weather statements warned of temperatures between –25 and –32 C in New Brunswick as the Arctic air mass moved eastward into the Maritimes.