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continental climate

a climate characterized by hot summers, cold winters, and little rainfall, typical of the interior of a continent
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  • As soon as you get outside of your bedroom door you begin to get the full benefit of the continental climate.

  • Why the very vicissitudes of a continental climate are more trying than any severity in our own.

    A Rent In A Cloud Charles James Lever
  • The coastal lowlands have typically Mediterranean weather; the highlands have a so-called Mediterranean continental climate.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • As compared with a marine climate, a continental climate has a large annual and daily range of temperature.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • We have now only to speak of the great central plateau, the continental climate of Spain, and its productions.

    Spain Wentworth Webster

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