When to Go and Weather

Located on the eastern part of Armenia, in the northeastern part of the Ararat Plateau, Yerevan enjoys relatively continental, dry climate with long, sunny summers and short, sharp winters on the plains. The city experiences very low levels of humidity throughout the year due to its deep location in the northern part of the subtropical zone. The highest amount of atmospheric precipitation occurs in May with an average of 1.7 inches, while the lowest precipitation occurs in August. The average rainfall throughout the year is around 11 inches.

Spring and Spring Temperatures in Yerevan


Seasons in Yerevan are clearly expressed. Springs are usually warm and very much anticipated by all Armenians. Spring is referred to as the season of love and beauty, with the two female Armenian holidays being celebrated during spring. The first month is known as the craziest month, because you never know what weather to expect, a sunny day will usually turn into a rainy one in a matter of seconds, and accordingly, ruin all the plans.

Spring season in Yerevan is short and unsteady. In March  daytime temperatures can reach around 13 degrees Celsius with the highest temperature ever recorded being 30 degrees Celsius and the lowest – 13 degrees Celsius. The average daily relative humidity for this month is some 59 percent. In April the weather gets warmer and more pleasant with average temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius during the day dropping down to around 7 degrees Celsius at night. May is characterized by warm, pleasant weather (around 25 degrees Celsius daytime and 11 degrees Celsius at night) and the average daily relative humidity around 54 percent. On average, May is not affected by foggy conditions.

Summer and Summer Temperatures in Yerevan


June gives start to the summer season, which is the warmest and hottest period of the year. Every Armenian has in mind where to run from the summer heat long before summer starts. Armenia doesn’t have a sea, but it has Lake Sevan, which is most loved by all Armenians, including Yerevanians.

In June the daytime temperatures reach around 30 degrees Celsius and drop down to about 15 degrees Celsius at night. The humidity level lowers to around 49 percent. Throughout the months of July and August the city experiences the highest temperatures of the year: around 34 degrees Celsius in July with the peak temperature ever recorded 42 degrees Celsius and around 35 degrees Celsius in August with the highest temperature ever recorded 48 degrees Celsius. Mountain-valley winds blow in summer, which become stronger in the second half of the day sometimes reaching 15-20 m/sec.

Fall and Fall Temperatures in Yerevan


Falls in Yerevan are at first mild, warm and windless, still preserving the summer breath, while already in October the leaves start turning yellow, the weather gets colder and people start putting on warm clothes. Sometimes it might be so cold during the last fall month that Yerevanians will put on their winter jackets and clothes.

In September the weather is still warm (average 29 degrees Celsius) while already in October the average temperature drops down to 21 degrees Celsius with relative humidity around 62 percent. November is the month that announces the end of fall and the beginning of winter. During this period Yerevan experiences average daytime temperature of 13 degrees Celsius and around 7 percent of average daily humidity.

Yerevan Winters and Temperatures


Winters in Yerevan usually tend to be very cold with snow covering the entire city, especially in January and February. Interestingly, even if it doesn’t snow in the whole December, then it almost always snows on the New Year night. The lowest registered temperature was -30 degrees Celsius.

In December the average temperatures range between 5 degrees Celsius and -4 degrees Celsius, and the humidity reaching 78 percent. On average December is affected by foggy conditions on 7 days. In January the daytime temperatures generally reach 2 degrees Celsius but in recent times the highest temperature recorded has been 13 degrees Celsius with the lowest recorded temperature -21 degrees Celsius. The average daily relative humidity is around 78 percent. Throughout the month of February daytime temperatures generally range between 6 degrees Celsius during the day and -5 degrees Celsius at night. The highest temperature ever recorded in February has been 17 degrees Celsius, with the lowest being -19 degrees Fahrenheit. Expect to see rain or drizzle falling some 2-3 days of the month and snowfall on 4 days.

Monthly Average Temperatures (Celsius):

January -3.5
February -1.0
March   5.8
April 12.7
May 17.5
June 21.9
July 26
August 25.2
September 20.7
October 13.2
November 6.5
December 0.2

 

When to Go


As already said, seasons in Armenia are clearly expressed, so Yerevan could be no exception. The best time to visit Yerevan is summer, when it doesn’t rain much and the sun seems to sparkle throughout the day stronger than a diamond on a ring. It’s the time when you can take full advantage of every single thing Yerevan has to offer, from roaming to shopping and sightseeing. But the summer heat will be unbearable for people who can’t stand the heat, so to avoid nose bleeding and headaches caused by excessive heat they will be forced to start their stroll around the city in the evenings, when the entire Yerevan is lighted and full of people until late hours.

If you would like to visit Yerevan in spring, but hate rainy weather then skip early spring. Instead concentrate on late spring when everything in the city is in bloom, including the young and the old.

Visiting Yerevan in fall would be a great option for people who love mild weather, when there is little sun, but the weather is not cold. Yerevan falls are very beautiful with trees dressed in yellow and red leaves. Fall is especially beautiful in October-November period when the leaves start falling off the trees. That’s when you realize why the season was called “fall.” A visit to Yerevan in fall will carry somehow artistic nature and it would be a perfect venue for those travelers who are artists in their heart and who apart from the many things they will be offered in Yerevan, will enjoy the gently, shyly, aggressively or tiresomely falling trees and will love roaming in the city all covered with scattered leaves.

If you would love to visit Yerevan in winter, then one thing to note is that Yerevan is never full of tourists in this period because not many people choose to leave the sun and appear in Yerevan in a time of a year when the sidewalk is all covered with snow and ice and the possibility they might slip and have something broken is rather high. Nevertheless, it does not make Yerevan less attractive because the snow veil suits Yerevan as much as the wedding veils suit the brides on their wedding day. A visit to Yerevan in winter should be considered by all those people who can stand the cold weather, who are in love with the snow, who enjoy skating and simply who would love to spend a good time in a new and peaceful environment.

On the whole, Yerevan is a city, which can be visited equally in all seasons. It’s just a matter of preference between the cold and the warm and also a matter of what you expect, because from the point of seasons and weather there is nothing absurd or exaggerated as this is the case when the weather fully corresponds to the season – a perfect harmony of which not many cities can boast of, while Yerevan is one of the few.