Climate and Weather

Weather Data

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The terms climate data and weather data are often used interchangeably, however there is a subtle but quite important difference between them. When we refer to weather, we typically mean the actual conditions being experienced at a particular time or over a particular period.

Climate Data

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The terms climate data and weather data are often used interchangeably, however there is a subtle but quite important difference between them. When we refer to climate, we typically mean the type of conditions we would expect to experience or that are most likely to occur. Thus, whilst the weather on a particular day may be described as hot and dry, that does not stop the climate at that location being described as cold and wet. What determines the climate is the long-term average of short-term weather conditions.