The average weather (usually taken over a 30-year time period) for a particular region and time period. Climatic elements include precipitation, temperature, humidity, sunshine and wind velocity and phenomena such as fog, frost, and hail storms.
From the Merriam Webster Dictionary:
1 : a region of the earth having specified climatic conditions
2 : the average course or condition of the weather at a place usually over a period of years as exhibited by temperature, wind velocity, and precipitation b : the prevailing set of conditions (as of temperature and humidity) indoors
3 : the prevailing influence or environmental conditions characterizing a group or period : atmosphere
For environemental use, definition 2 is closest to it respected meaning.
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