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Bekaa Valley, rain shadow, coastal plain, Mediterranean climate, mean temperature

Most of Lebanon has a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers, and cool, wet winters, although the climate varies somewhat across the landform belts. The coastal plain is subtropical, with 900 mm (35 in) of annual rainfall and a mean temperature in Beirut of 27C (80F) in summer and 14C (57F) in winter. In the Lebanon Mountains, temperatures decrease and precipitation increases with elevation: Heavy winter snows linger well into summer, making the Lebanon Mountains more pleasant in the summer than the humid coast; higher altitudes receive as much as 1,275 mm (50 in) of annual precipitation. The Bekaa Valley and the Anti-Lebanon Mountains are situated in the rain shadow of the Lebanon Mountains and as a result have hot, dry summers and cold winters with occasional rain.



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Bekaa Valley, rain shadow, coastal plain, Mediterranean climate, mean temperature, annual precipitation, higher altitudes, annual rainfall, cold winters, Beirut, elevation, temperatures, result

 
 

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