The island group of Bermuda, an area of only 54 sq km/21 sq mi, lies in the North Atlantic in latitude 32°N at a distance of 1,030 km/640 mi from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, the nearest landmass.
Bermuda has a subtropical climate much influenced by the warmth of the North Atlantic waters, fully in the path of the warm Gulf Stream. Summers are warm to hot and the winters mild with occasional warm, sunny days.
An abundant rainfall is well distributed throughout the year but falls on fewer days than in drier places in North America or Britain. Bermuda has a sunny climate with daily sunshine hours ranging from five to six in winter to nine to ten in summer and is a popular tourist spot for visitors from North America.
The six main islands, and a series of 132, for the most part uninhabited, smaller ones which are all part of a coral reef, are low-lying, with no land higher than 75 m/250 ft. The table for Hamilton is representative of the island.
Bermuda is occasionally affected by hurricanes which have moved north from the Caribbean, but these violent tropical storms are usually in the decaying stage by the time they reach this latitude.
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