Living in Chicago, you hear the phrase “Lakefront Effect” a lot. During the summer it is cooler by the lake than inland, and during the winter it is warmer by the lake than inland.
It is due to the latent heat of water. Water takes a lot of energy to heat or cool, and when in contact with another substance of another temperature, both will impact each other’s temperature, however because the the water’s latent heat, the water will usually affect the other substance much more than the other substance will affect the water. So an area near a large body of water will be affected by the temperature of the water.
Land, or rock, has much less latent heat then water and heats up and cools down more quickly than water, so marine climates have much more stable temperatures than landlocked areas.
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