What Is the Climate in South Dakota?


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South Dakota has an interior continental climate with four distinct seasons. The state experiences hot summers and especially cold winters. The average high temperature in January is close to freezing, and the average high temperature in July is over 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

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What Is the Climate in South Dakota?
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The state has been known to experience extremely hot dry spells in the summer with high temperatures of at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit. South Dakota experiences extreme weather conditions with frequent thunderstorms in the summer, an average of 30 tornadoes each year and blizzards in the winter. The greatest amount of precipitation that South Dakota receives on average each year is around 30 inches. As of 2014, the record low temperature for the state was minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit in 1936.

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