plural noun

mid·​lat·​i·​tudes ˈmid-ˈla-tə-ˌtüdz How to pronounce midlatitudes (audio)
: latitudes of the temperate zones or from about 30 to 60 degrees north or south of the equator
ˈmid-ˈla-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce midlatitudes (audio)

Examples of midlatitudes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Redistributing water from the midlatitudes makes the biggest difference, so our intense water movement from both western North America and northwestern India have played a key role in the tilt changes. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 13 July 2023 Last year, for example, scientists found a chain of processes linking Arctic climate change to disruptions of the stratospheric polar vortex, and ultimately to periods of extreme cold in the northern midlatitudes. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 21 Dec. 2022 Neptune’s midlatitudes as part of an ever churning pattern of global atmospheric circulation. Jeanna Bryner, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2022 After explaining the difference between climate and weather, Holdren speaks briefly in the video about how global warming has been linked to frequent exchanges of warm and cold air between the poles and the midlatitudes. Abby Levene, Outside Online, 30 Oct. 2014 Since the 1980s, the scientists said, the world has become cloudier toward the poles and less cloudy in the midlatitudes. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2022 That’s because storms in the midlatitudes – a temperate zone north of the tropics that includes the entire continental U.S. – draw their energy from large temperature contrasts. Esther Mullens, The Conversation, 27 Jan. 2022 In Alaska's midlatitudes, fires may trigger enough thaw that the permafrost will never return, barring another Ice Age. Randi Jandt, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2021 That could cause some major weather shifts across the midlatitudes, particularly Europe. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of midlatitudes was in 1872

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“Midlatitudes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midlatitudes. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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