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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 Chifeng is 45.0°F (7.2°C). The warmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 75.0°F (23.9°C). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 12.0°F (-11.1°C).
The highest recorded temperature in Chifeng is 99.0°F (37.2°C), which was recorded in June. The lowest recorded temperature in Chifeng is -18.0°F (-27.8°C), which was recorded in January.
The average amount of precipitation for the year in Chifeng is 14.3" (363.2 mm). The month with the most precipitation on average is July with 4.7" (119.4 mm) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is January with an average of 0.1" (2.5 mm). In terms of liquid precipitation, there are an average of 44.5 days of rain, with the most rain occurring in July with 10.0 days of rain, and the least rain occurring in November with 1.3 days of rain.