Almaty is situated near the Zailiyskiy Ala-Tau on the altitude of 650-1200 meters above the sea level. The city is located in a broad valley, closed on three sides by vigorous mountains that causes the prevalence of calms and breeze. The climate in the city is extremely continental with big temperature fluctuations, not only during the year but also during the day.
If we don’t consider the cold numbers, than it’s pretty hard to say what season is the most picturesque in Almaty. Winter could bring little snow up to New Year, but periods with classical snowdrifts, fluffy snowfall and other winter delights is invariable here. The average January temperature, thus, is -6°C and when the day temperature is a bit below zero, frosty periods give place to a warming. Spring comes right on the calendar and in March you could already see the snowdrops. Last frosts come in the beginning of May but already in April, just for a few days, the temperature rises so much, that citizens of Almaty go on to light clothes. The spring is noted by wild blossoming of fruit trees, thunderstorms and the hot sun. The summer is usually droughty and hot, average temperature is +24°C. But, in spite of that, the extremely continental climate provides the huge difference between night and day temperatures. Summer heat is lightened by cool breeze of mount-valley circulation from mountains covered with glaciers.
One of the most tremendous times in Almaty is, probably, autumn. It’s very long and dry, colored with all palette of paints, is called “golden”. It’s worth to say that the sun in Almaty is very active, so you’d better have tanning cream and sunglasses with you all over the year.