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This climate type occurs primarily on the periphery of the true deserts in low-latitude semiarid steppe regions. It is transitional to the tropical wet-dry climate on the equatorward side and to the mediterranean climate on its poleward margin, with a cooler, wetter winter resulting from the higher latitude and mid-latitude frontal cyclone activity. Annual precipitation totals are greater than in tropical and subtropical desert climates. Yearly variations in amount are not as extreme as in the true deserts but are nevertheless large.
The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "BSk". (Tropical and Subtropical Steppe Climate).
The average temperature for the year in Albuquerque is 57.2°F (14°C). The warmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 78.3°F (25.7°C). The coolest month on average is December, with an average temperature of 36.3°F (2.4°C).
The highest recorded temperature in Albuquerque is 107.0°F (41.7°C), which was recorded in June. The lowest recorded temperature in Albuquerque is -17.0°F (-27.2°C), which was recorded in January.
The average amount of precipitation for the year in Albuquerque is 9.5" (241.3 mm). The month with the most precipitation on average is August with 1.6" (40.6 mm) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is January with an average of 0.4" (10.2 mm). There are an average of 61.2 days of precipitation, with the most precipitation occurring in August with 9.2 days and the least precipitation occurring in April with 3.2 days.
In terms of liquid precipitation, there are an average of 61.0 days of rain, with the most rain occurring in August with 10.0 days of rain, and the least rain occurring in April with 3.0 days of rain.
In Albuquerque, there's an average of 9.6" of snow (0 cm). The month with the most snow is December, with 2.7" of snow (6.9 cm).