Belgium is located at the Western Europe, bordering the North Sea,
between France 620 km, Germany 167 km, Luxembourg 148 km, and Netherlands
450 km. Total area includes 1,385 km.
The climate near the sea is humid and mild. Farther inland, away
from the moderating maritime influences, a marked increase in the
range of temperature occurs.
In the Ardennes region hot summers alternate with cold winters.
Heavy rains are confined almost exclusively to the highlands. Fog
and drizzle are common, and April and November are particularly
In Brussels, located at the center of the nation, the average temperatures
range from -1° to 4° C (30° to 40° F) in January and 12° to 23°
C (54° to 73° F) in July. In Oostende, on the coast, the average
range is 1° to 5° C (33° to 41° F) in January and 13° to 20° C (56°
to 67° F) in July.
Rainfall in Brussels is uniformly spread throughout the year,
with a yearly average of about 860 mm (about 34 in); annual precipitation
in Oostende averages about 600 mm (about 24 in).