Seasons Of The Year And The Weather

I’d like to say that the weather in Kazakhstan depends greatly on the climatic conditions in the middle part of the Central Asia continent. In England, for example, it depends on the sea and they say that they have no climate, only weather as it may change several times during the day. Perhaps for this reason the weather topic is favourite with the English and is at the same time a good conversation starter.

Here in Kazakhstan we don’t talk much of the weather, we just take it as it is. There are four definitely marked seasons here which considerably differ from each other. In general the climate in Kazakhstan can be characterized as moderately continental. It means that winters are fairly cold and summers are moderately hot. Though, of course, there may be exceptions.

Although each season lasts three months, in reality some of the seasons are longer and some are shorter. The longest in Kazakhstan is winter. Snow may fall as early as November and may not melt as late as the end of March. Summer on the contrary is the shortest season. It becomes really warm somewhere late in June. Late August is often rainy and cool as if warning that autumn is near.
Every season is good in its own way. And every season has its own negative features. Consider autumn for instance. It is the time when nature fades away. The days grow shorter. Cold weather sets in. Hoar frost covers the ground at night. It rains. Some autumn days may be really nasty when it doesn’t stop raining for days or even weeks. But in spite of all this I like autumn. It’s the period when the leaves are of beautiful colours from yellow to dark red. It’s the time of harvest and a splendid variety of fruit and vegetables that only autumn can offer.

Winter in Kazakhstan usually comes in November. At this time the countryside looks gloomy, calm and still. Snow covers up the ground and the roofs of the houses. On frosty days the branches of the trees are feathered with snow. In winter the sky is often grey and cloudy and it sometimes gets rather depressing and boring. Maybe one of the most unpleasant things about winter is that the sun sets early and rises late. The days are short and most people spend long dark winter evenings at home.

Summer comes in June and lasts usually till the end of August. The average temperature in summer is about 21-22 degrees above zero. Everyone would agree that summer is by far the best loved season. Who doesn’t enjoy bathing on a hot day in a cool river, picking mushrooms in the forest, basking in the sun on the beach and so on. I am crazy about things like this. But the main thing is certainly having a two-month holiday. It is great fun for schoolchildren.

And yet, the best season of the year for me is spring. I love spring. It is the time when nature comes to life again after its winter rest. Everything around is in bloom. The first flowers appear, trees put on new green leaves and everything is fresh and fragrant. Also we have celebrating Nauryz on 22th of March. The meaning of celebrating is the end of old year and bringing new year with happiness. In May cherry and apple trees burst into blossom and it’s a breath-taking sight. So in spring the nature starts living anew. I enjoy long walks in the country when everything is green. I share the opinion of those who say that spring is the season of love, hope and happiness.

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