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Hot summers and cool winters in Kentucky


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The climate of Kentucky is characterized by warm or hot summers and cool winters. Throughout the year, temperatures do not vary greatly from place to place, although they are generally slightly lower in the Appalachian Plateaus region than elsewhere in the state. Average July temperatures are usually from 24° to 27°C (76° to 80°F) in the central and western areas and from 23° to 24°C (74° to 76°F) in the east. January averages range from below 1°C (34°F) in the northern Bluegrass region to more than 3°C (38°F) in parts of the south. Temperatures below freezing are common throughout the state during winter, although extended periods of very cold weather do not occur every year.

Climate of Kentucky


Climate map of Kentucky
Climate map of Kentucky. Encarta

Precipitation in Kentucky


Precipitation is, for the most part, dependable and well distributed throughout the year. Precipitation ranges from less than 1,070 mm (42 in) in the northern Bluegrass region to more than 1,270 mm (50 in) in the extreme south. The growing season, or period from the last killing frost in spring to the first killing frost in fall, varies from less than 180 days in the north and in the farming areas of the Appalachian Plateaus region to more than 210 days in the Mississippi River valley. © "United States" © Emmanuel Buchot and Encarta

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