Temperate zone

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The temperate parts of the world are green

In geography, temperate latitudes of the Earth lie between the subtropics and the polar circles.[1] Average yearly 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. So, most places with a temperate climate have four seasons: summer, autumn, winter and spring. Other 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. These are the main types of temperate climate:

  • A maritime climate is for countries near the sea. That includes London, Dublin, Melbourne and Auckland. Most places do not have a rainy season and a dry season. In the northern hemisphere, temperate winds are from the west. The western edge of temperate continents usually get this maritime climate. Examples are Western Europe, and western North America at latitudes between 40° and 60° north (65°N in Europe).
  • Some places in the temperate zone have hot summers and cold winters, for example Chicago, Budapest and Almaty.

References[change | change source]

  1. McColl R.W. 2005. Encyclopedia of World Geography, Volume 1. New York: Facts on File, p. 919. ISBN 0-816-05786-9