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Climate of Armenia

Armenia is by right called the land of sunshine, the average annual number of sunshine hours in the Ararat Valley, for instance, being 2700, almost as many as in Egypt. Yet because of specific geographical features, this southern spot, on the same latitude as Spain, can be as cold as minus 46° Centigrade, although admittedly extremely rarely, and then only in some districts. Generally speaking, there are many different types of climate within Armenia because of its mountainous terrain. In the valleys and foothills (precisely where Yerevan is situated), the climate is dry and continental, with a hot summer and moderately cold winter. Summers are dry and sunny, lasting from June to mid-September. The temperature fluctuates between 22° and 36 °C/71-97 °F. However, the low humidity level mitigates the effect of high temperatures. Evening breezes blowing down the mountains provide a welcome refreshing and cooling effect. Springs are short, while falls are long. Autumns are known for their vibrant and colorful foliage. Winters are quite cold with plenty of snow, with temperatures ranging between -10° and -5 °C/14-23 °F. Winter sports enthusiasts enjoy skiing down the hills of Tsakhkadzor, located thirty minutes outside Yerevan. Lake Sevan nestled up in the Armenian highlands, is the second largest lake in the world relative to its altitude, 1,900 meters above sea level. The best season in Armenia is autumn, when there is a long spell of clear weather, when the bountiful harvest of grapes, fruit and vegetables has been gathered in, the young wine ferments, gathering strength in oak barrels, and the time of noisy, joyful weddings arrives.

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