5. Climate:
The largest part of Austria is climatically determined by the Alps, especially in the north of the mountains there is frequent precipitation, as the air masses from the Atlantic Ocean usually move east into the continent. Here the average is 2400 mm annually, whereas in the eastern part of the Alps and in the rain shadow of the high Central Alps ridges precipitation drops to about 600/700mm per year.
Apart from influences due to mountainous areas, Austrian climates may be influenced by both oceanic and continental climates (Central European transitional climate). In general, the eastern parts of Austria are much drier and warmer than the rest of the country (Pannonian climate).
The south-east is influenced by the Mediterranean, which means generally higher temperatures and ample snow in winter due to the regular Mediterranean low pressure periods (Illyrian climate).

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