Climate Graphs

Bar charts and line graphs can be combined. Climate graphs are an example of this.

The x-axis shows the months of the year and there are two y-axes to show average temperature and total rainfall (also known as precipitation). The temperature is shown as a line and the rainfall as bars.

Climate graph showing the monthly temperature and precipitation in a rainforest over the period of a year

When interpreting a climate graph, you should include:

  • the highest and lowest rainfall figures and the month they occurred
  • the total annual rainfall
  • the average rainfall
  • the highest and lowest temperature figures and the month they occurred
  • the temperature range
  • the average yearly temperature