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Kenscoff, southern peninsula, northern peninsula, Port-au-Prince, lowlands

Haiti has a tropical climate. The distribution of mountains and lowlands affects temperature and rainfall, causing significant climate variations from place to place. Rainfall varies from a high of 3,600 mm (144 in) on the western tip of the southern peninsula to 600 mm (24 in) on the southwest coast of the northern peninsula. Most of the rain in the southwest falls in early and late summer. Port-au-Prince, located at sea level, has a yearly average temperature of 27C (80F). In Kenscoff, located just south of Port-au-Prince at an elevation of 1,430 m (4,700 ft), temperatures average 16C (60F). The mountains surrounding the cul-de-sac trap air in the valley, making the air hot, dry, and stagnant. Vulnerable to hurricanes, Haiti has been struck by destructive storms in 1963, 1980, 1988, 1994, and 1998.



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Kenscoff, southern peninsula, northern peninsula, Port-au-Prince, lowlands, southwest coast, tropical climate, sea level, Haiti, rainfall, air hot, elevation, hurricanes, late summer, valley, place

 
 

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