back to the January average

resoluteman

Senior Member
Azerbaijan
The final three months of the year see a dramatic fall in precipitation, to a low of about 10mm in December, and a steady drop in temperatures back to the January average.

Could you rephrase the last clause including phrase in bold so that it would be easy to grasp? As to vocabulary, there's no issue at all but the "back" in the clause fairly puzzles me.
 
  • The [temperature] figure for December is about the same as the previous January (hence 'back').

    There are low [temperature] figures for Dec. and Jan. Let's assume this occurs every year. So every year the temperature in December drops; one could say it resembles the previous Jan [what the text says], or that it resembles (and foreshadows) the coming Jan. Perhaps this is why you are confused.
     
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    resoluteman

    Senior Member
    Azerbaijan
    The figure for December is about the same as the previous January (hence 'back').

    There are low figures for Dec. and Jan. Let's assume this occurs every year. So every year the temperature in December drops; one could say it resembles the previous Jan [what the text says], or that it resembles (and foreshadows) the coming Jan. Perhaps this is why you are confused.


    should the (The final three months see) be considered together with (a steady drop in temperatures bact to the January) as a whole sentence while construing ?
     
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    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    The final three months see
    a dramatic fall in precipitation
    and​
    a steady drop in temperature.​

     
    Oct, Nov, Dec show falling temperatures, such that the Dec temperature resembles that of the previous Jan (and likely resembles what will be the temperature in Jan following).

    Because the comparison is with the previous Jan, we can say the temperature is back, in December, to (previous) Jan levels.



    should the (The final three months see) be considered together with (a steady drop in temperatures bact to the January) as a whole sentence while construing ?
     
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