Why are temperatures away from the equator hotter than at the equator itself?

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I just read that Europe is about to be hit with an incredible heatwave (38 degrees celsius and above), but equatorial countries seem to be hovering around 32 – 35 degrees. From what I learned in school, the equator gets the full force of the sun’s rays all year round, so would it be the hottest all the time?

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Im no expert and correct me if im wrong but i think its because of the tilt of the earth. As in europe would be much closer to the sun than the equator since the earth is at an angle. Since the equator is always in contact with the sun, it is generally hotter all year long but not the hottest. Again im not sure of my reasoning but oh well i tried.

Like the oceanic currents, air does the same: traveling in currents. The main ones are called the jet stream, the right conditions can send a plume of hot air quite far and lose relatively little of it’s heat. The UK will be receiving a plume of warm air from Spain this weekend and will make our temperatures rise. France has that and probably an area of high pressure to keep that heat in place. Other factors, like air pollution will also contribute to heat buildup.