How cold does it get in the Sahara desert at night?
Deserts have extreme temperatures. During the day the temperature may reach 50°C, when at night it may fall to below 0°C. Deserts have less than 250 mm of rainfall per year. The rain can be unreliable. Most deserts are found between 20° and 35° north and south of the equator.
The Sonoran is a hot desert. Summer air temperatures routinely exceed 40°C (104°F), and often reach 48°C (118°F). These high near-surface temperatures interact with cool, moist air in the atmosphere to produce the violent thunderstorms of the summer monsoons.
- In the United States, the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateau, and the Red Desert are all cold winter deserts. Other cold winter deserts include the Gobi desert in China and Mongolia and the Patagonian desert in Argentina. The lack of rainfall in cold winter deserts is often caused by the rainshadow effect.
- The hottest and driest part of the desert is near the lower Colorado River, where summer temperatures can reach more than 120 °F (49 °C) and rainfall is less than three inches. The vegetation of the Sonoran is the most diverse of all the North American deserts.
- Anna's Hummingbird.
- Bark Scorpion.
- Cactus Wren.
- Collared Lizard.
- Desert Centipede.
- Desert Tortoise.
Average Temperatures for Phoenix. Phoenix's coldest month is January when the average temperature overnight is 43.4°F. In July, the warmest month, the average day time temperature rises to 104.2°F.
- July has this area's hottest average high temperature, 106.1 degrees compared to 103.9 in June. But three of the four hottest days on record in Phoenix, including the all-time high of 122 degrees on June 26, 1990, have occurred in June. Monday's high is expected to be 118 degrees.
- At nearly 11,000 acres, Lake Havasu is by far the largest of the western Arizona state parks. And right in the heart of Lake Havasu City, just upstream from London Bridge, it's also the busiest. Windsor Beach, a long stretch of white sand, is the main attraction. There are a picnic area and 47-site campground.
- In comparison, Phoenix is truly a safe safe big city. Sure there are some questionable areas, but tourists rarely wander into these places, especially if you are in Scottsdale. But, that is several hours away from Phoenix.
Because deserts have such little water vapor in the air, it makes it harder to trap heat or cold in a desert. At night, the sun no longer heats the desert and the heat from the day doesn't stay trapped. Because of this, some deserts can get cold at night, dropping to below 40F, which is definitely coat weather.
- Because of the lack of water, deserts cannot support much vegetation. so during the night when the sun is not shining the sand loses all its heat, making the desert night cold. Sand is the biggest reason why deserts are hot during the day and cold during the night.
- Some deserts are near the equator where the air is very dry. Some deserts are in the middle of a continent. By the time the wind gets there, it has little moisture. If rain falls it stays dry in deserts because the sand absorbs the water.
- The two most important factors in the climate of an area are temperature and precipitation. The yearly average temperature of the area is obviously important, but the yearly range in temperature is also important.
Updated: 12th October 2018