The area has a four-season humid subtropical climate with strong monsoon influences, cool, sometimes cold, winters, and hot and humid summers. The area lies in a climatic transition zone, as it is on the Qin Ling−Huai River boundary between the climatic regimes of northern and southern China. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 2.0 °C (35.6 °F) in January to 28.1 °C (82.6 °F) in July, and the annual mean is 15.76 °C (60.4 °F). A majority of the annual precipitation occurs from June to August. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 44% in March to 56% in August, the city receives 2,168 hours of bright sunshine annually.