• Question: What are the characteristics of a temperate climate?

    Asked by peter296 to Sonia, Simon, Min, Mark, Katherine, Jun, Jean, Brian on 30 Apr 2020.
    • Photo: Sonia Lenehan

      Sonia Lenehan answered on 30 Apr 2020:

      A temperate climate is one with moderate rainfall spread across the year or portion of the year with sporadic drought, mild to warm summers and cool to cold winters. All of Europe has a temperate climates as well as countries like New Zealand and Southern Canada!

    • Photo: Jean O'Dwyer

      Jean O'Dwyer answered on 30 Apr 2020:

      Hi Peter! A temperate climate is simply one that doesn’t have extremes in temperature or precipitation (rainfall/snow) and tends not to have very distinct seasons. Ireland has a temperate maritime climate, meaning it is strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, which maintains fairly steady temperatures all year round. Bad for us in summer, but good in winter!