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This climate type is characterized by extremely variable temperature conditions, with annual means decreasing and annual ranges increasing poleward, and relatively little precipitation. This climate is typically located deep within the interiors of continents and is contiguous with the tropical desert climates of North and South America and of central Asia. This region type owes its origins to locations deep within continental interiors, far from the windward coasts and sources of moist, maritime air. Remoteness from sources of water vapor is enhanced in some regions by mountain barriers upwind.
The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Bsh". (Mid-Latitude Steppe and Desert Climate).
The average temperature for the year in Nicosia is 66.0°F (18.9°C). The warmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 83.0°F (28.3°C). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 50.0°F (10°C).
The highest recorded temperature in Nicosia is 116.0°F (46.7°C), which was recorded in July. The lowest recorded temperature in Nicosia is 23.0°F (-5°C), which was recorded in February.
The average amount of precipitation for the year in Nicosia is 14.4" (365.8 mm). The month with the most precipitation on average is December with 3.0" (76.2 mm) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is July with an average of 0.0" (0 mm). There are an average of 256.0 days of precipitation, with the most precipitation occurring in August with 27.0 days and the least precipitation occurring in January with 14.0 days.
In terms of liquid precipitation, there are an average of 29.1 days of rain, with the most rain occurring in December with 5.7 days of rain, and the least rain occurring in July with 0.1 days of rain.