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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 Moab is 52.0°F (11.1°C). The warmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 78.0°F (25.6°C). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 27.0°F (-2.8°C).
The highest recorded temperature in Moab is 102.0°F (38.9°C), which was recorded in June. The lowest recorded temperature in Moab is -14.0°F (-25.6°C), which was recorded in February.
The average amount of precipitation for the year in Moab is 8.0" (203.2 mm). The month with the most precipitation on average is August with 1.2" (30.5 mm) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is June with an average of 0.4" (10.2 mm). In terms of liquid precipitation, there are an average of 22.3 days of rain, with the most rain occurring in August with 2.7 days of rain, and the least rain occurring in June with 1.2 days of rain.
In Moab, there's an average of 28.6" of snow (72.6 cm). The month with the most snow is January, with 8.5" of snow (21.6 cm).