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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 Alcantarilla is 64.0°F (17.8°C). The warmest month, on average, is August with an average temperature of 80.1°F (26.7°C). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 50.2°F (10.1°C).
The highest recorded temperature in Alcantarilla is 112.0°F (44.4°C), which was recorded in July. The lowest recorded temperature in Alcantarilla is 14.0°F (-10°C), which was recorded in February.
The average amount of precipitation for the year in Alcantarilla is 11.8" (299.7 mm). The month with the most precipitation on average is October with 1.7" (43.2 mm) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is July with an average of 0.2" (5.1 mm). There are an average of 35.0 days of precipitation, with the most precipitation occurring in April with 4.0 days and the least precipitation occurring in July with 1.0 days.
In terms of liquid precipitation, there are an average of 34.7 days of rain, with the most rain occurring in November with 5.7 days of rain, and the least rain occurring in July with 0.0 days of rain.