What makes deserts so hot?



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     In most environments when the sunlight hits the ground it evaporates moisture in the ground.   The heat is used up in the process of evaporation so the ground remains cool.  Since deserts receive little precipitation by definition, the ground contains little to no moisture so the heat from the sunlight is directly absorbed by the ground making the desert (during the day at least) is very warm.   Water and plants act as temperature regulators in our world.  If you’ve ever been to the Bay Area consider how the San Francisco Bay and the ocean moderate the temperature of San Francisco as oppose to towns that are maybe an hour or so drive inland.   The desert simply lacks factors like this that would moderate the climate.  

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