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Mediterranean Climate Areas

Definition - What does Mediterranean Climate Areas mean?

A Mediterranean climate is a subtropical climate similar to that experienced in the Mediterranean Basin. This is the largest area experiencing this type of climate, but it is also found in certain areas of the United States including most of California and SW Oregon, as well as in Southern Africa, South Australia, Western Australia, Central Asia and central Chile.

Safeopedia explains Mediterranean Climate Areas

Mediterranean climates have hot, dry summers and experience mild temperatures and rainfall in winter. They are associated with subtropical high pressure cells occurring over the oceans. Subtropical high pressure cells prevent significant rainfall for four to six months during the summer. In the winter, the polar jet stream brings rain and snow on the mountaintops. Mediterranean regions are found between 31 and 40 degrees to the North and South of the equator.

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