As I understand it, the deserts require a number of conditions to occur, leading to the overall decrease in precipitation. And areas around equator usually lack these.
While there are some deserts near equator, they are small and mostly formed by the rain shadow of the mountain range around Kilimanjaro.
Is it possible for a desert to be formed on the equator simply because the amount of land between its location and the nearest ocean is so vast, as to drain any clouds long before they reach that far inland?
Would continentality cause the desert to swing between super hot summers and super cold winters? Or, since there are barely any seasonal variations in solar irradiation around equator, would it simply be hot all year long?