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Geography and climate of Syria

(People's Daily Online)

10:24, July 17, 2012

National emblem of the Syrian Arab Republic

Syria lies in the western mainland of Asia along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Turkey to the north, Iraq to the southeast, Jordan to the south, Lebanon and Palestine to the southwest, and faces Cyprus to the west across the sea. Syria has a coastline of 183 km. The coastal areas and the northern region have a subtropical Mediterranean climate, while the southern part features a tropical desert climate. The desert has little precipitation in winter and is dry and hot in summer. The lowest temperature is below 0°C, while the highest temperature is about 40°C. The annual average precipitation is 1,000 mm in the coast areas and 100 mm in the southern region.


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