Overall, the US enjoys a temperate climate with cold winters and hot summers, with a few exceptions. Nestled far in the north, Alaska experiences an Arctic climate, yet still reaches summer highs of up to 25°C in Anchorage. Hawaii and South Florida enjoy tropical climates, with warm temperatures extending along the Gulf of Mexico. Along the Pacific Coast, the north experiences cooler and wetter winters than its southern counterpart. The Mediterranean climate of Southern California enjoys pleasant weather year round, with constant sun and an average winter temperature of 20°C in Los Angeles, reaching an average of 29°C in summer.
Generally, the rest of the country has a continental climate. Spring is the rainiest season, with the east half of the country experiencing more rainfall than the west. On the Great Plains, where Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks lie, dry hot summers reaching up to 30°C contrast against freezing snowy winters with lows of -19°C at night. Mountainous regions like the Rocky, Cascade, Sierra Nevada, and Wasatch Mountains experience alpine climates, with some of the highest peaks maintaining their snow cover year round.
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