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The climate is sharply continental with little rainfall during summer. Summer is dry. Precipitation is low - about 240 mm a year. With over 250 days of sunshine, Turkmenistan is often called the country of eternal sunshine.

Midsummer temperature can reach 50 degrees C.  Winter is mild with average temperatures below freezing for only a few days in January and February. However in the north of the country winter is severe. January temperatures in Dashoguz average - 23 degrees Celsius. Most rainfall occurs in the months of March and April.