Climate

Armenia has dry continental climate. Mountainous landscape and geographical position of Armenia form the climate of the country. Because of highland zone the climate can change every few meters. The weather changes according to the great variety of geographic terrain and elevation. While it may be sunny and hot in the Ararat valley, 60 kilometers away in Sevan it may be cold and rainy, and snowing in the upper regions of Aragats. The temperatures can range from -41OC to +42OC (-41°-107°F). Dry and hot summers last from June to mid-September, when the average temperature fluctuates between 22°C and 36°C (72-97°F) with evening breezes blowing from the mountains providing a refreshing and cooling effect. Winters are quite cold with plenty of snow from December to February, average temperature ranging between -15°C and -1°C (5-30°F). Springs are short unlike summers. Autumn is the gold season in Armenia with its good weather and splendid colours. Armenia has sunny weather, receiving an average of 2700 hours of sunlight a year. Clear sunny days are mostly dominant in a year. The total number of completely cloudy days is maximum 64 in a year. The average precipitation of the country is 550 mm (21.6 inches).

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