Answer to Question #142279 in Physical geography for Javier

Question #142279
Can you explain why places by the coast have cooler temperatures but places located inland far away from the sea have hotter temperatures?
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Expert's answer
2020-11-09T11:01:05-0500

The water as a substance has high specific heat. In other words, you need a lot of heat to change temperature of water by 1°C. The sand and rocks have smaller specific heat, which means that less thermal energy (heat) is required to change their temperature by 1°C. Thus, since both mentioned places receive equal amount of solar radiation, areas by coasts have smaller average temperatures than areas far away from seas and oceans.


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