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Rome enjoys a Mediterranean climate typical of the Mediterranean coasts of Italy. Spring and autumn are mild to warm, and the Romans ottobrate ("beautiful October days") are known as being sunny and warm. By August, the maximum diurnal temperature often exceeds 30 °C (86 °F). Traditionally, many businesses were accustomed to closing during August, while Romans visited holiday resorts. In more recent years, however, in response to growing tourism and changing work habits, the city has been staying open for the whole summer. The average high temperature in January is about 12.9 °C (55.2 °F), but in hot periods it can be higher, while subzero lows are not uncommon. Snowfalls can occur in December, January, February and March. Within the last four decades they have been rare in Rome. During the night of Feb 3-4, 2012, the city experienced its heaviest snowfall since February 11, 1986, resulting in up to 20 centimeters of snow accumulation in some neighborhoods. In the snowfall of Feb 11, 1986, some 20cm of snow paralysed the city. Before 2012, the most recent snowfalls were on February 12 2010 and on December 17 2010. Between 1986 and 2010 snow fell on 6 other occasions in 1991, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005.
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