How does sand get hotter than water during a sunny day?

Asked by Saptarshi Sen | 21st Jun, 2014, 11:56: PM

Expert Answer:

There is a property related to heat called "Specific heat". This term is introduced in higher grades.
Specific heat is the amount of heat required by a body to raise its temperature by 1 °C.
Now, sand has a lower specific heat capacity than water.
Hence, when sand and water receive a particular amount of heat, sand will reach a higher temperature because of its low specific heat.

Answered by Romal Bhansali | 23rd Jun, 2014, 10:50: AM