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GAF x COTE: Looking at the Future

This 2019 video was compiled by GAF, a COTE sponsor. 

International climate zone conversion chart

By Melissa Morancy Assoc. AIA posted 12-17-2019 04:51 PM

  
Continent Country City Climate Zone Sub-Zone US Equivalent City US Equivalent State US Equivalent Zip Code

Africa

Senegal

Dakar

1

B

 

 

no comp

Africa

Egypt

Cairo/Giza

2

B

Phoenix

AZ

85004

Africa

Kenya

Nairobi

3

C

San Francisco

CA

94109

Africa

South Africa

Johannesburg

4

B

Albuquerque

NM

87102

Africa

Tunisia

Tunis

3

B

Las Vegas

NV

89101

Asia

China

Beijing

4

A

Baltimore

MD

21202

Asia

China

Chengdu/Chongqing

3

A

Memphis

TN

38104

Asia

China

Guangzhou

2

A

Houston

TX

77010

Asia

China

Hainan

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

China

Harbin

7

-

Duluth

MN

55806

Asia

China

Hong Kong

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

China

Shanghai/Nanjing

3

A

Salt Lake City

UT

83104

Asia

China

Shenyang

6

A

Minneapolis

MN

55402

Asia

China

Urumqi

6

A

Minneapolis

MN

55402

Asia

China

Wuhan

3

A

Salt Lake City

UT

83104

Asia

China

Xi'an

4

A

Baltimore

MD

21202

Asia

China

Yumen

6

B

Helena

MT

59601

Asia

Guam

Hagatna

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

India

Bangalore

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

India

Cochin

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

India

Delhi

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

India

Hyberabad

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

India

Kolkata

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

India

Mumbai

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

Indonesia

Jakarta

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

Israel

Jerusalem

3

A

Miami

FL

30301

Asia

Japan

Tokyo

3

A

Miami

FL

30301

Asia

Jordan

Amman

3

B

Las Vegas

NV

89101

Asia

Korea

Seoul

4

A

Baltimore

MD

21202

Asia

Kuwait

Kuwait City

1

B

 

 

None

Asia

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

Philippines

Manila

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

Qatar

Doha

1

B

 

 

None

Asia

Saudi Arabia

Jeddah

1

B

 

 

None

Asia

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

Singapore

Singapore

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

Taiwan

Taipei

2

A

Houston

TX

77010

Asia

Thailand

Bangkok

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

Turkey

Istanbul

4

A

Baltimore

MD

21202

Asia

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi/Dubai

1

B

 

 

None

Asia

Vietnam

Hanoi

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Asia

Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

Australia

Australia

Melbourne

3

A

Salt Lake City

UT

83104

Australia

Australia

Perth

3

B

Las Vegas

NV

89101

Australia

Australia

Sydney

3

A

Salt Lake City

UT

83104

Europe

Austria

Vienna (Wiener Neustadt)

5

A

Chicago

IL

60602

Europe

Belgium

Brussels

5

A

Chicago

IL

60602

Europe

Bulgaria

Sophia

5

A

Chicago

IL

60602

Europe

France

Marseille

4

A

Baltimore

MD

21202

Europe

France

Paris

4

A

Baltimore

MD

21202

Europe

Germany

Berlin

5

A

Chicago

IL

60602

Europe

Germany

Frankfurt

5

A

Chicago

IL

60602

Europe

Germany

Munich

5

A

Chicago

IL

60602

Europe

Ireland

Dublin

5

A

Chicago

IL

60602

Europe

Italy

Rome

4

A

Baltimore

MD

21202

Europe

Italy

Syracuse

3

A

Miami

FL

30301

Europe

Italy

Milan

4

A

Baltimore

MD

21202

Europe

Norway

Oslo

6

A

Minneapolis

MN

55402

Europe

Portugal

Lisbon

4

A

Baltimore

MD

21202

Europe

Russia

Moscow

6

A

Minneapolis

MN

55402

Europe

Russia

St. Petersburg

7

-

Minneapolis

MN

55806

Europe

Switzerland

Zurich

5

A

Chicago

IL

60602

Europe

United Kingdom

Belfast

5

A

Chicago

IL

60602

Europe

United Kingdom

Edinburgh

5

A

Chicago

IL

60602

Europe

United Kingdom

London

4

A

Baltimore

MD

21202

Europe

United Kingdom

Manchester

5

A

Chicago

IL

60602

N. America

Bahamas

Nassau

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

N. America

Costa Rica

San Jose (Juan Santamaria Int)

2

A

Houston

TX

77010

N. America

El Salvador/ Guatemala

San Salvador (Guatemala)

2

A

Houston

TX

77010

N. America

Haiti/Dominican Republic

Port-au-Prince (Santo domingo)

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

N. America

Mexico

Acapulco (Puerto Vallarta)

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

N. America

Mexico

Cabo (Puerto Vallarta)

1

B

 

 

None

N. America

Mexico

Cancun

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

N. America

Mexico

Mexico City

3

B

Las Vegas

NV

89101

N. America

Mexico

Monterrey 

3

B

Las Vegas

NV

89101

N. America

Mexico

Oaxaca (Guanajuato)

3

A

Memphis

TN

38104

N. America

Mexico

Puerto Vallarta

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

N. America

Mexico

Veracruz

4

A

Baltimore

MD

21202

N. America

Nicaragua

Managua

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

N. America

Panama

Panama City (Marcos A Gelabert I)

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

N. America

Puerto Rico

San Juan

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

S. America

Argentina

Buenos Aires

3

A

Memphis

TN

38104

S. America

Brazil

Brasilia

2

A

Houston

TX

77010

S. America

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

S. America

Brazil

Sao Paulo

2

A

Houston

TX

77010

S. America

Chile

Santiago

4

C

Seattle

WA

98181

S. America

Columbia

Cartagena

1

A

Miami

FL

33130

S. America

Peru

Lima

2

B

Phoenix

AZ

85004

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