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Climate & when to go

Turkmenistan is the hottest country in Central Asia, although its dry desert climate means that it’s not always uncomfortably warm. That said, only the insane or deeply unfortunate find themselves in Ashgabat in July and August, when the temperature can push 50°C. The best times to visit are between April and June, and September and early November. Winters are very cold in the north, although southern Turkmenistan almost never freezes.