Geography and climate of Ningxia
Geography and climate
Ningxia is part of the Inner Mongolian plateau, and desert and grazing land make up most of the area. Rivers that flow through Ningxia include the Yellow River. Ningxia’s deserts include the Tengger desert in Shapotou.
Ningxia is a relatively dry, desert-like region. There is significant irrigation in order to support the growing of wolfberries (a commonly consumed fruit throughout the region).
The region is 1,200 km from the sea and has a continental climate with average summer temperatures rising to between 17 and 24°C (63 and 75℉)in July and average winter temperatures dropping to between -7 and -10°C(19 and 14℉) in January. Seasonal extreme temperatures can reach 39°C (102℉)in summer and -30°C(-22℉) in winter. The diurnal temperature variation in summer is 17°C(63℉). Annual rainfall averages from 190 to 700 millimeters, with more rain falling in the south of the region.
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