Temperate zone

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The temperate parts of the world are green in this picture.

In geography, temperate latitudes of the Earth lie between the subtropics and the polar circles. Average temperatures in these regions are not extreme, not burning hot nor freezing cold. Temperate means moderate.

Unlike in the tropics, temperatures can vary greatly here, between summer and winter. Thus, temperate regions have four seasons: summer, autumn, winter and spring. However, areas with a temperate climate can have very unpredictable weather. One day it may be sunny, the next may be rainy, and after that it may be cloudy. This is usual in summer as well as in winter.