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Tundra climates are characterized by sub-freezing mean annual temperatures, large annual temperature ranges, and moderately low precipitation. The tundra climate region occurs between 60° and 75° of latitude, mostly along the Arctic coast of North America and Eurasia and on the coastal margins of Greenland. In areas dominated by the tundra climate type, winters are long and cold, especially in the region north of the Arctic Circle where, for at least one day in the year, the Sun does not rise. Winter precipitation generally consists of dry snow, with seasonal totals less than in the summer when cyclonic storms that develop along the boundary between the open ocean and sea ice yield rainfall. Typical annual totals are less than 350 mm (13.78 in), but higher totals are possible in upland areas. In contrast, summers are generally mild, with maximums from 15 to 18 °C (59°F to 64°F), although the average temperature of the warmest month is less than 10°C (50 °F). Days are long, but they are often cloudy.
The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "ET". (Tundra Climate).
The average temperature for the year in Punta Arenas is 44.0°F (6.7°C). The warmest month, on average, is January with an average temperature of 51.0°F (10.6°C). The coolest month on average is July, with an average temperature of 35.0°F (1.7°C).
The highest recorded temperature in Punta Arenas is 79.0°F (26.1°C), which was recorded in January. The lowest recorded temperature in Punta Arenas is 12.0°F (-11.1°C), which was recorded in June.
The average amount of precipitation for the year in Punta Arenas is 15.6" (396.2 mm). The month with the most precipitation on average is May with 1.7" (43.2 mm) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is October with an average of 0.9" (22.9 mm). There are an average of 99.0 days of precipitation, with the most precipitation occurring in January with 10.0 days and the least precipitation occurring in September with 6.0 days.