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Temperate climate

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Temperate climates are those without extremes of temperature and precipitation. The changes between summer and winter are invigorating without being frustratingly extreme. There are two types of temperate climate: maritime and continental. The maritime climate is strongly influenced by the oceans, which maintain fairly steady temperatures across the seasons. Since the prevailing winds are westerly in the temperate zones, the western edge of continents in these areas experience most commonly the maritime climate. Such regions include western Europe, in particular the UK, and western North America at latitudes between 40 and 60 north. (

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