Vol 5 Life in the Desert ... Introduction ... Desert temperatures
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Desert temperatures

Some deserts may be cold in the winter and may be covered in snow!
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Desert temperatures can vary enormously – some regions endure searing heat during the day all year round, accompanied by freezing night time temperatures. In other desert areas the extremes of temperature are not quite so pronounced.

Deserts like the Asian Gobi and the American Great Basin Desert are cold during the winter and may be covered in snow. These deserts can also experience very high temperatures in the middle of summer. The Arctic and Antarctic regions are classified as deserts because they both receive very little precipitation. These areas are freezing all year round and are sometimes called ‘polar deserts’.