Maritime Effect

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  • Large bodies of water, such as oceans, have an effect on the climate of certain locations and regions within a given proximity. The effect of an ocean's airflow on the climate of the surrounding areas, also known as the maritime effect, is generally milder temperatures and a decreased variation in temperatures. Although the ocean is generally slow to warm, it retains its warmth for a long period of time, which has a tempering effect on the climate. Precipitation is more common in areas with a maritime climate, as moisture levels are higher near the ocean. Maritime climates are common on the British Isles.

    Continental climates, on the other hand, can generally be found in areas surrounded by significant land masses. The continental effect stands in contrast ...

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