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Hot deserts climate

Köppen Code: BWh
B : Arid
W : Desert
h : Hot


View Index of Climate Classification Types

Hot desert have a mean annual temperature of at least 18 °C and no more than 200mm of precipitation annually.

These climates usually feature hot, sometimes exceptionally hot, periods of the year. In many locations featuring a hot desert climate, maximum temperatures of over 40 °C (104 °F) are not uncommon in summer and can soar to over 45 °C (113 °F) in the hottest regions.

Related climatic classifications
BShHot semi-arid (steppe) climate
BSkCold semi-arid (steppe) climate
BWkCold desert climate


A selection of mineral localities found in this climate zone.

Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Mun. de Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia
Clip Mine (Silver Clip Mine; Blaine Mine; Silver Mines Consolidated Mine), Clip, Hidden Valley, Silver District, Trigo Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA
Red Cloud Mine, Silver District, Trigo Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA
Rowley Mine (Rawley Mine; Reliance Mine; Reliance Copper Mine; Rainbow Mine; Theba Mine; San Carlos patented claim #4524), Theba, Painted Rock District, Painted Rock Mts, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA
N'Chwaning I Mine, N'Chwaning Mines, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
New Cornelia Mine (Ajo Mine), Ajo, Little Ajo Mts, Ajo District, Pima Co., Arizona, USA
Aghbar Mine (Arhbar Mine), Aghbar, Bou Azzer District (Bou Azer District), Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
Kintore opencut, Broken Hill South Mine (BHS Mine; South Mine), Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia
Boleo District, Santa Rosalía, Mun. de Mulegé, Baja California Sur (BC Sur), Mexico
Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia
Blue Bell Mine (Blue Bell claims; Hard Luck Mine; Hard Luck claims; Atkinson), Zzyzx (Fort Soda; Soda; Soda Springs; Zzyzx Mineral Spring Resort), Soda Mts, Silver Lake District, San Bernardino Co., California, USA
Broken Hill Proprietary Mine (Proprietary Mine; BHP Mine), Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia
Talmessi Mine (Talmesi Mine; Telmessi Mine; Telmesi Mine), Anarak District, Nain County (Nayin County), Esfahan Province (Isfahan Province; Aspadana Province), Iran
Blue Bell Mine (Blue Bell Corundum Mine), Baker, Soda Mts, Silver Lake District, San Bernardino Co., California, USA
Olympic Dam Mine, Roxby Downs, Stuart Shelf, South Australia, Australia
Apache Mine (Apache Canyon Mines), Turquoise Mountain, Halloran Springs District, San Bernardino Co., California, USA
Bonanza Mine (Harquahala Mine), Bonanza and Golden Eagle Mine group, Martin Peak, Salome, Little Harquahala District, Little Harquahala Mts, La Paz Co., Arizona, USA
Coober Pedy, Central North, South Australia, Australia
Death Valley, Inyo Co., California, USA
Mohawk Mine (Clark Station Mine; Pactolus Mine; Wilshire prospect), Mohawk Hill, Clark Mountain District (Clark District), Clark Mts (Clark Mountain Range), San Bernardino Co., California, USA
Harts Range (Harts Ranges; Hartz Range; Hartz Ranges), Central Desert Region, Northern Territory, Australia
Sandamap pegmatite (Sandamab pegmatite), Sandamap North Farm 115 (Sandamab), Usakos, Karibib District, Erongo Region, Namibia
Cattle Grid deposit (Cattlegrid; ML5599), Mount Gunson Copper mines (Pernatty Lagoon - Mount Gunson Cu Deposits), Pernatty Lagoon, Stuart Shelf, South Australia, Australia
Klein Spitzkopje granite stock (Kleine Spitzkoppe; Klein Spitzkoppe), Spitzkopje Area, Karibib District, Erongo Region, Namibia
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