There’s bad news ahead if you were hoping for a warm start to the spring season. Even though we’re now in April, it appears Canada is still one of the coldest places on Earth. As of 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Ottawa is the coldest capital city in the world right now. At -6 C, it’s chillier than Moscow, Helsinki and even Reykjavik!

It’s no secret that Canadian winters can be pretty brutal, so it’s somewhat unsurprising when Ottawa becomes the coldest capital city during the months of December and January.

However, by the springtime, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the weather was starting to improve.

Alas, this isn't always the case. In fact, according to, on Wednesday morning Ottawa was the frostiest capital city on the planet yet again. Even though it’s April!

At 8:30 a.m., the temperature in Canada's capital was as low as -6 C.  

The frosty conditions mean that there’s no capital city on Earth that’s as bone-chilling as Ottawa right now. Even notoriously freezing countries like Iceland, Russia and Mongolia's capitals are warmer than here. Yikes.

If there was ever a competition that you wouldn't want to win in April — this is it!

Although some of the other coldest capitals are later on in their respective days, Ottawa is still more than 10 degrees colder than most of them. 

If you’re hoping that the weather will improve as the day goes on — think again!

Unfortunately, the high-temperature forecast for Ottawa on Wednesday is still lower than the majority of countries that are also at the bottom of the list. 

On the top end, high temperatures of 43 C have been recorded in N'Djamena, which is the capital of Chad. 

Similar above 40 C conditions have also been recorded in the capital cities of Thailand, Sudan and Niger.

Sadly, these kinds of numbers are still a long way off in Canada. While this frosty spell is almost over, it’s not going to get hot any time soon.

According to CTV News, snow continues to fall across the capital today, with flurries continuing into Wednesday. While the slush will clear up by the afternoon, it’s not going to get higher than 4 C.

If that wasn’t enough, overnight temperatures are in record-low territory, with weekend conditions expected to break all-time cold records. Lovely.

Don’t worry though, there is some warmer news on the horizon. According to Environment Canada's seasonal forecast, the whole country is in for a long, hot summer

Maybe we’ll have to see it to believe it!

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