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Climate


Definition
The average weather conditions in an area (related word: climatic)
 
Key Context
The weather changes every day. It may be sunny and hot or rainy and cold. Sometimes, you may wake up to beautiful sunshine, but have to stay inside for recess because of the cold or rain. Weather is always changing. Climate is different from weather. The climate describes the weather of a place over a long period of time - years, decades, or centuries. Scientists determine climate by measuring the temperature and rainfall of a region for many years. Climate does not change from day to day like weather. For example, it may be a cool and rainy night in the desert, but the climate of that place is still hot and dry.