What's the difference between weather & climate? | What's your climate like?

What's the difference between weather and climate?

Weather is what the forecasters on the TV news predict each day. They tell people about the temperature, cloudiness, humidity, and whether a storm is likely in the next few days. That’s weather! It is the mix of events that happens each day in our atmosphere. Weather is not the same everywhere. It may be hot and sunny in one part of the world, but freezing and snowy in another.

Climate is the average weather in a place over many years. While the weather can change in just a few hours, climate takes hundreds, thousands, even millions of years to change.

Sometimes the climate of a place is described with graphs like this. This graph shows
how temperature usually changes over a year for a particular place on Earth.


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