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Climate: Midlatitude, Mild

  • By: Melissa L. Malin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

The midlatitude mild climate zone describes a spatially expansive land area of the Earth that stretches from approximately 30° to 55° north and south latitudes. This climate zone features less extreme climate conditions throughout the year than neighboring climate zones such as the colder, snowier midlatitude severe climate zone located generally to the north of this region. Although the weather and climate of this zone is characteristically mild year-round, several areas situated within these latitudinal boundaries are not classified as having a mild midlatitude climate. More extreme climate conditions prevail in these reaches, such as areas of high elevation and areas in arid and semiarid regions. Considering these exceptions, most of the spatial land area of this climate zone is located on the North American ...

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