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The Climate of Turkmenistan

The climate of Turkmenistan is strictly continental and very dry, since the country is not surrounded from an ocean.

The summer is very hot and mostly dry, but sometimes local cloudbursts and thunderstorms can occur, which can sometimes be quite heavy.

The winter is moderate, and has has frequent rains, though it rarely snows. The average temperature in January is between -6°C and +4;deg;C Celsius.

The spring is short and sometimes rainy, but with only little precipitation.

The autumn is mostly dry. The day time temperatures in the period between May and September can be extreme; they are often higher than 40°C.

Required clothing: Lightweight clothes are advised for the summer months, medium- to heavyweight clothing is neccesary during the winter. Wherever you go, take a sweater for cool evenings, the difference between maxima and minima can vary significantly.

Best time to visit: Turkmenistan has an extreme continental climate: temperatures in Ashgabat vary between 46°C (114°F) in summer and -5°C (23°F) in winter, although it has been known to reach -22°C (-8°F) in extremity. Temperatures in the desert in summer can reach 50°C (122°F) during the day before falling rapidly at night. During the winter, it can reach -10° to -15°C (14° to 15°F).

Required clothing: For those intending to visit the desert in summer, lightweights are vital for the day with warmer clothing for those intending to spend the night in the open. Heavyweights should be taken for winter visits.