58th parallel north

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58th parallel north
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The 58th parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 58 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America, and the Atlantic Ocean.

At this latitude the Sun is visible for 18 hours, 11 minutes during the summer solstice and 6 hours, 27 minutes during the winter solstice.[1]

Around the world[edit]

Starting at the Prime Meridian and heading eastwards, the parallel 58° north passes through:

Co-ordinates Country, territory or ocean Notes
58°0′N 0°0′E / 58.000°N 0.000°E / 58.000; 0.000 (Prime Meridian) North Sea
58°0′N 6°59′E / 58.000°N 6.983°E / 58.000; 6.983 (Norway)  Norway Markøy and Austre Seli, Vest-Agder
58°0′N 7°0′E / 58.000°N 7.000°E / 58.000; 7.000 (North Sea) Atlantic Ocean North Sea
58°0′N 7°2′E / 58.000°N 7.033°E / 58.000; 7.033 (Norway)  Norway Lindesnes peninsula, Vest-Agder
Passing 2.3 km north of mainland Norways's southernmost point
58°0′N 7°6′E / 58.000°N 7.100°E / 58.000; 7.100 (Skagerrak) Atlantic Ocean Skagerrak
Passing between Våre Island to the north and Udvåre Island to the south, Vest-Agder
58°0′N 7°20′E / 58.000°N 7.333°E / 58.000; 7.333 (Norway)  Norway Hille Island, Vest-Agder
58°0′N 7°23′E / 58.000°N 7.383°E / 58.000; 7.383 (Skagerrak) Atlantic Ocean Skagerrak
58°0′N 7°30′E / 58.000°N 7.500°E / 58.000; 7.500 (Norway)  Norway Skjernøy Island, Vest-Agder
58°0′N 7°32′E / 58.000°N 7.533°E / 58.000; 7.533 (Skagerrak) Atlantic Ocean Skagerrak
Passing south of Uvår and Songvår Islands, Vest-Agder
58°0′N 11°32′E / 58.000°N 11.533°E / 58.000; 11.533 (Sweden)  Sweden Tjørn Island, Västra Götaland
58°0′N 11°45′E / 58.000°N 11.750°E / 58.000; 11.750 (Skagerrak) Atlantic Ocean Skagerrak
58°0′N 11°49′E / 58.000°N 11.817°E / 58.000; 11.817 (Sweden)  Sweden Västra Götaland, Lake Vättern (southernmost point of Visingsö), Jönköping, Östergötland, Kalmar
58°0′N 16°47′E / 58.000°N 16.783°E / 58.000; 16.783 (Baltic Sea) Atlantic Ocean Baltic Sea
Passing just north of the islands of Gotland and Fårö,  Sweden
58°0′N 22°1′E / 58.000°N 22.017°E / 58.000; 22.017 (Estonia)  Estonia Island of Saaremaa, Saare County
58°0′N 22°11′E / 58.000°N 22.183°E / 58.000; 22.183 (Gulf of Riga) Atlantic Ocean Gulf of Riga, Baltic Sea
58°0′N 24°25′E / 58.000°N 24.417°E / 58.000; 24.417 (Estonia)  Estonia Pärnu County
58°0′N 24°55′E / 58.000°N 24.917°E / 58.000; 24.917 (Latvia)  Latvia For 19.8 km, Valmiera District
58°0′N 25°15′E / 58.000°N 25.250°E / 58.000; 25.250 (Estonia)  Estonia For 2.7 km, Viljandi County
58°0′N 25°18′E / 58.000°N 25.300°E / 58.000; 25.300 (Latvia)  Latvia For 8.6 km, Valmiera District
58°0′N 25°27′E / 58.000°N 25.450°E / 58.000; 25.450 (Estonia)  Estonia Viljandi County, Valga County and Põlva County
58°0′N 27°41′E / 58.000°N 27.683°E / 58.000; 27.683 (Russia)  Russia Northwestern, Central, Volga, Ural Federal Districts, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Irkutsk Oblast, Zabaykalsky Krai, Zabaykalsky Krai, Yakutia, Khabarovsk Krai
Passing through Perm and Ust-Ilimsk
58°0′N 140°33′E / 58.000°N 140.550°E / 58.000; 140.550 (Sea of Okhotsk) Pacific Ocean Sea of Okhotsk
58°0′N 157°40′E / 58.000°N 157.667°E / 58.000; 157.667 (Russia)  Russia Kamchatka Peninsula, Kamchatka Krai
58°0′N 161°59′E / 58.000°N 161.983°E / 58.000; 161.983 (Bering Sea) Pacific Ocean Bering Sea
58°0′N 157°37′W / 58.000°N 157.617°W / 58.000; -157.617 (United States)  United States Alaska - Alaska Peninsula
58°0′N 155°2′W / 58.000°N 155.033°W / 58.000; -155.033 (Shelikof Strait) Pacific Ocean Shelikof Strait, Gulf of Alaska
58°0′N 153°5′W / 58.000°N 153.083°W / 58.000; -153.083 (United States)  United States Alaska - Raspberry Island and Afognak Island
58°0′N 152°47′W / 58.000°N 152.783°W / 58.000; -152.783 (Pacific Ocean) Pacific Ocean Gulf of Alaska
58°0′N 136°31′W / 58.000°N 136.517°W / 58.000; -136.517 (United States)  United States Alaska - Yakobi Island, Chichagof Island, Admiralty Island and the mainland
58°0′N 133°3′W / 58.000°N 133.050°W / 58.000; -133.050 (Canada)  Canada British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba
58°0′N 92°49′W / 58.000°N 92.817°W / 58.000; -92.817 (Hudson Bay) Arctic Ocean Hudson Bay
58°0′N 77°12′W / 58.000°N 77.200°W / 58.000; -77.200 (Canada)  Canada Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador
58°0′N 62°9′W / 58.000°N 62.150°W / 58.000; -62.150 (Atlantic Ocean) Atlantic Ocean
58°0′N 7°6′W / 58.000°N 7.100°W / 58.000; -7.100 (United Kingdom)  United Kingdom Island of Lewis and Harris,  Scotland
58°0′N 6°23′W / 58.000°N 6.383°W / 58.000; -6.383 (The Minch) The Minch
58°0′N 5°19′W / 58.000°N 5.317°W / 58.000; -5.317 (United Kingdom)  United Kingdom  Scotland
58°0′N 3°52′W / 58.000°N 3.867°W / 58.000; -3.867 (North Sea) North Sea

Climate[edit]

In general this parallel sees significant differences in temperature and precipitation with proximity to warm ocean currents. The moderation from the Gulf Stream ensures a moderate oceanic climate in much of Western Europe and on the immediate coastline of Alaska, whereas moving inland on continental masses, the subarctic climates are dominant as the dark winters dominate the temperature cycle. In the transitional area of Sweden this latitude sees both warm summers and snowy winters around the freezing point.

Where cold ocean currents dominate such as near the Hudson Bay the climate is polar, rendering in severe winter conditions and very subdued summers. This type of climate is seen in the surroundings of Inukjuak in Quebec, Canada, where the sea ice eliminates winter moderation, but the thawing of the cold water renders in very cool summers as well. In more hypercontinental cold areas such as these winters commonly go below −30 °C (−22 °F) even during the day. Further west in inland areas winters are often as severe, but summers average above 22 °C (72 °F), similar to Sweden and western Russia, where climates are much gentler.

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