What Is a Temperate Climate?

Temperate climate is generally warm during the summer with cold winters. Areas with temperate climate enjoy weather conditions without large temperature extremes and with rainfall occurring throughout the year, as opposed to during rainy seasons.

Areas with temperate climate lie between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle in the Southern Hemisphere and between the Tropic of Cancer and the Arctic Circle in the Northern Hemisphere. Much of the United States and Europe have temperate climate. About 40 percent of the world’s population lives in areas with temperate climate and experiences four distinct seasons each year. The spring and fall seasons are usually mild.