Characteristics of desert and semi-desert climate

desert and semi-desert climate type of climate is mainly found in the sub-tropical belt. These areas include Karamoja, Turkana land, and the Chalbi desert in Northern Kenya.

Characteristics of desert and semi-desert climate

  • They receive low and reliable Rainfall.
  • The annual Rainfall total is below 250 mm per year.
  • The region experiences hot temperatures above 30oC throughout the year.
  • The days are very hot while the nights are very cold due to the absence of a cloud cover.
  • These regions experience low relative humidity because of the extremely dry conditions.
  • They experience hot and dry conditions throughout the year.
  • Rainfall is rare but torrential which leads to seasonal floods.


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