Weather in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan’s climate is continental and, because of the lack of large bodies of water, very dry. Summers are typically hot and dry, while winters can be extremely cold, with large amounts of snowfall. Kazakhstan has such varied climactic conditions that the North can be covered in thick snow while the South begins its agricultural season.
Springtime is the wettest time of year and may come as early as February in the South, but typically lasts from March to early June. Temperatures remain below 50°F (10°C) in early spring and rise above 70°F (20°C) by June.
Summer, from June to early September, can be stiflingly hot with temperatures rising well above 90°F (30°C). Thunderstorms are common in early summer, but the country is typically dry at this time of year, until autumn rains arrive.
Autumn lasts from September to November and brings cloudy, rainy and windy days. Snowfall may begin in mid-Autumn and temperatures begin to drop below freezing in some areas.
Winter temperatures can reach extreme lows dropping to -4°F (-20°C) or less and snowfall is thick and countrywide. The extreme low temperatures and heavy snowfall make this a dangerous period. Winter in particular is a harsh time of year and it is important to pay attention to weather warnings. Flooding, snowstorms and blizzards cause major property damage and are often fatal.