How cold does it get in the Sonoran Desert at night?
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.
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.
- Blanketing much of the northern third of the African Continent, or some 3.5 million square miles, the Sahara Desert extends eastward from the Atlantic Ocean some 3,000 miles to the Nile River and the Red Sea, and southward from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and the Mediterranean shores more than 1,000 miles to the
- 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.
- In addition to being extremely dry, the Sahara is also one of the hottest regions in the world. The average annual temperature for the desert is 86°F (30°C) but during the hottest months temperatures can exceed 122°F (50°C), with the highest temperature ever recorded at 136°F (58°C) in Aziziyah, Libya.
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.
- It's no secret that Arizona is hot in the summer, as I learned growing up in Scottsdale. But I don't want you to think that it's always 115 degrees. Usually, the temperature hovers in the much more comfortable 100°-105° range.
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.
- 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.
- Deserts are hot primarily because of a lack of water. When the sun shines on the ground, all of the absorbed sunlight goes into raising the ground's temperature. DESERTS ARE COLD AT NIGHT:Because of the lack of water in the ground, and little water vapor in the air, most deserts can get quite cool at night.
- Deserts are usually very, very dry. Even the wettest deserts get less than ten inches of precipitation a year. In most places, rain falls steadily throughout the year. But in the desert, there may be only a few periods of rains per year with a lot of time between rains.
Updated: 12th October 2018