Continental climates occur in mid-latitude continental hinterlands, where the effects of the ocean are minimal. Most of these areas have arid and semi-arid climates. The intensity of solar radiation is high. If the region is in a temperate zone, the winters are cold, and the summers are hot. The seasonal and daily temperature variations are large, and the spring temperatures are higher than the autumn temperatures. Precipitation is low and varies significantly seasonally. The climate is usually dry.