Temperate zone

main climate class

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.

The temperate parts of the world are green

Unlike in the tropics, temperatures can change 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 normal in summer as well as in winter. These are the main types of temperate climate:


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