Find answers, ask questions, and connect with our
community around the world.

Activity Discussion Environment Difference between tropical and temparate climates Reply To: Difference between tropical and temparate climates

  • Rhona

    July 8, 2024 at 3:11 pm
    Not Helpful

    The main differences between tropical and temperate climates are:

    Tropical Climate:

    Located near the equator, between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.

    High temperatures year-round, with average temperatures above 18°C (64°F).

    Small seasonal temperature variations, with little difference between summer and winter.

    High humidity and precipitation, often with a wet and dry season.

    Abundant rainfall, with an annual precipitation over 1500 mm (59 inches).

    Biomes include tropical rainforests, savannas, and grasslands.

    Temperate Climate:

    Located between the tropics and the polar regions.

    Distinct seasons with warm summers and cool/cold winters.

    Moderate temperatures, with average temperatures ranging from -3°C to 10°C (27°F to 50°F) in winter and 10°C to 25°C (50°F to 77°F) in summer.

    Moderate precipitation levels, with annual rainfall ranging from 500-1500 mm (20-59 inches).

    Biomes include deciduous forests, grasslands, and Mediterranean climates.

    Key Differences:

    Tropical climates are consistently hot, while temperate climates have distinct seasonal temperature variations.

    Tropical regions receive much higher annual rainfall compared to temperate regions.

    Tropical biomes like rainforests are lush and green year-round, while temperate biomes experience seasonal changes in vegetation.

    Tropical areas are located near the equator, while temperate regions are found between the tropics and polar circles.

For Worksheets & PrintablesJoin Now