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Elevation: 4520 feet     Latitude: 26 41S     Longitude: 027 05E
K�ppen Classification: Humid Subtropical Climate



This climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. This climate type is found on the eastern sides of the continents between 20� and 35� N and S latitude. In summer, these regions are largely under the influence of moist, maritime airflow from the western side of the subtropical anticyclonic cells over low-latitude ocean waters. Temperatures are high and can lead to warm, oppressive nights. Summers are usually somewhat wetter than winters, with much of the rainfall coming from convectional thunderstorm activity; tropical cyclones also enhance warm-season rainfall in some regions. The coldest month is usually quite mild, although frosts are not uncommon, and winter precipitation is derived primarily from frontal cyclones along the polar front.

The K�ppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa". (Humid Subtropical Climate).

The average temperature for the year in Potchefstroom is 63.0°F (17.2°C). The warmest month, on average, is January with an average temperature of 72.0°F (22.2°C). The coolest month on average is June, with an average temperature of 49.0°F (9.4°C).

The highest recorded temperature in Potchefstroom is 103.0°F (39.4°C), which was recorded in January. The lowest recorded temperature in Potchefstroom is 14.0°F (-10°C), which was recorded in July.

The average amount of precipitation for the year in Potchefstroom is 23.9" (607.1 mm). The month with the most precipitation on average is January with 4.2" (106.7 mm) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is June with an average of 0.3" (7.6 mm). In terms of liquid precipitation, there are an average of 48.9 days of rain, with the most rain occurring in January with 8.4 days of rain, and the least rain occurring in June with 0.8 days of rain.

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