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Located in the Atlantic Ocean at a mean latitude of 38°30? N, the Azores enjoy a very humid cool-oceanic climate with fairly minor annual variations. The sea exerts a tampon effect on the Azorean climate, with temperature and precipitation varying little throughout the year: temperatures range from 16°C (60°F) in winter to a comfortable 26°C (79°F) in summer. The sea is warmed by the Gulf Stream and sea water temperature varies from 14ºC to 22ºC. The influence of the anticiclone (which goes by the name of Azorian anticiclone due to its permanent position over the archipelago), the western wind action and the disturbance of the polar front are the principal factors conditioning the climate of the islands.