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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 Port Augusta is 66.0°F (18.9°C). The warmest month, on average, is January with an average temperature of 78.0°F (25.6°C). The coolest month on average is July, with an average temperature of 53.0°F (11.7°C).
The highest recorded temperature in Port Augusta is 119.0°F (48.3°C), which was recorded in January. The lowest recorded temperature in Port Augusta is 80.0°F (26.7°C), which was recorded in July.
The average amount of precipitation for the year in Port Augusta is 9.4" (238.8 mm). The month with the most precipitation on average is May with 1.1" (27.9 mm) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is February with an average of 0.5" (12.7 mm). In terms of liquid precipitation, there are an average of 49.6 days of rain, with the most rain occurring in May with 8.6 days of rain, and the least rain occurring in November with 1.9 days of rain.