Sara and John say...
The climate of this mountainous country can be harsh - both in winter and summer. While rainfall is less frequent at lower levels, its wetter and snowier across the mountains that cover much of Armenia. And temperatures - both hot and cold - can get quite extreme.
Overlooked by the iconic Mount Ararat in neighbouring Turkey, the capital, Yerevan, actually enjoys milder winters than many other parts of Armenia, because it’s relatively low-lying. But frosts are still harsh and many days don’t rise above freezing. Snowfall tends to come in light flurries that accumulate through the winter months.
Spring sees a haphazard rise in temperatures. The strengthening sun has thawed much of the snow by April, but the building heat triggers showers and thunderstorms, making late spring one of the wettest times of the year.
Summers are largely hot and sunny, with temperatures routinely exceeding 30 Celsius at Yerevan. Hydration and sun protection are essential.
The higher mountainous areas of the country offer some respite from the heat, punctuated by occasional downpours; but we suggest that spring and autumn are more comfortable times to visit Armenia.
Winter returns quickly by the end of the year, though, with snow covering much of this rugged country from December onwards until March.