The Republic of Armenia is located in a subtropical zone, which has a significant impact on climatic characteristics of the country. The weather differs greatly even in neighboring areas. In general winters are rather severe and summers are dry and hot, though summers are not that hot in mountains. Armenian climate is characterized by sudden (though not sharp) weather changes and irregular rainfalls.
The Ararat Valley (where Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is located) has a continental climate with the hottest and driest summers (the average temperature in July is up to + 26° С, with maximum up to + 42° С) and comparably not cold winters (the average temperature in January is – 4° С) with relatively low precipitation (the annual precipitation is 350 mm).
In highlands the climate is cold and wet. The average temperature in January drops to – 14° С, and in July it’s only + 10° С. And the annual precipitation is over 800 mm.
In midlands in the north and south-east of the country the climate is humid and it is usually warm. The average temperature in January is – 4 – 0° С, and + 18 – + 19°С in July. In the central part of the country summers are warm (the average temperature in July is + 18 – + 20° С), and winters are cold (the average temperature in January is – 10° С) with heavy snowfalls.
In the far north-east and south – east of the country, at the altitude of at least 1 500 meters the climate is dry and sub-tropical, so summers in this region are long and hot with the average temperature of + 24° С, and winters are mild and snowy with the average temperature of 0°С.
The best time to visit Armenia is from March up to the end of October. When it is hot in the central part of Armenia our skilful leaders will lead you to the mountainous and breezy areas where the sun is not that strong. In autumn or early spring when it is cold in the mountains the central part of Armenia will be the best to visit.