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How Does Latitude Affect Climate



Latitude does affect climate.

Latitude refers to specific north-south position of a point on the Earth’s surface. Lines of latitude run east and west around the global. Latitude affects climate depending on how close you are to the equator. The closer you are to the equator, the warmer the latitude. The farther you are from the equator, the colder the climate. The temperature is determined by the amount of sunray penetration allowed at a particular latitudinal point. Ocean currents, weather patterns, and cloud cover can reduce the warming rays of the sun.

Areas closer to the equator will have longer days and the sun’s rays are stronger and penetrate the atmosphere better. The result will be increased heat. Therefore, places near the equator experience longer summers because they get relatively strong sunlight.




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