When to go to Uzbekistan: climate, best time and months to avoid

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Joel Fulleda

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Little known destination and still snubbed by mass tourism, Uzbekistan is a young country that is evolving rapidly.

situated in the heart of Central Asia, this nation, which became independent from the former Soviet Union in 1991, has been the crossroads of the Silk Road for years. Merchants, adventurers but also men of high cultural depth such as philosophers, astronomers and mathematicians have passed through here. The meeting of different cultures, languages ​​and religions gave rise to the artistic and architectural wonders that distinguish Uzbekistan.

Il climate is continental, with very harsh winters and hot summers. To make your trip memorable and unforeseen, it is important to choose the right time to visit this destination! Here is one for you guide on when to go to Uzbekistan: climate, best time and months to avoid!


  1. Best time
  2. Period to avoid
  3. Climate and seasons
  4. User questions and comments

Best time

In Uzbekistan the climate is mainly continental, arid in the vast central-western flat steppes, while it remains moderately rainy (and snowy in winter) in the eastern hilly and mountainous areas.

  1. East Region (Tashkent and Fergana): the months of April / May and September / October are the best for the mild temperatures that facilitate cultural visits
  2. Southern Plains (Samarkand, Bukhara, Termez): better the intermediate seasons, April-May and September-October when the temperatures are pleasant
  3. Cold deserts (Nukus): millet periods from mid-April to mid-May and from mid-September to mid-October; the other periods are too extreme

The best time to enjoy Uzbekistan is at half seasons, specifically from mid-April to late May and from mid-September to late October, in this way you can avoid the climatic extremes to which the country is subjected. The mild temperatures allow cultural visits, which involve long walks, without aggravating tiredness and fatigue.

Despite these are the peak periods, touristically speaking, however, flight prices remain average.

Period to avoid

Avoid midwinter from mid-November to late February-mid-March, because temperatures can become very cold, it can drop many degrees below zero and heavy snowfalls and severe frosts are not uncommon. In contrast, in July and August, temperatures can get really hot; this period is therefore not recommended but, if you have no alternatives, you must prepare to endure a sultry heat.

Climate and seasons

The climate is mainly continental, arid in the vast central-western flat steppes, while it remains more moderately rainy (and snowy in winter) in the eastern hilly and mountainous areas.

In general, the the mildest and most pleasant season for all areas of the country is spring, to be considered in a short range, from early / mid April to late May / early June. In the remaining months, the situation is rather extreme. Mostly in the north and south the winters are very severe with frequent snowfalls and frosts, While the summers are very hot and torrid. Tashkent, the capital, Samarkand and Bukhara can also be visited in winter and autumn as temperatures do not drop dramatically below zero, however, snowfalls and rather cold days are not to be excluded.

Average Temperatures and Precipitation - East Region (Tashkent and Fergana)

In Tashkent (400 meters above sea level) the average temperature ranges from 2,5 ° in January to 27,5 ° in July. The dry wind coming from the mountains is able to raise the temperature by several degrees. In recent decades the climate has undergone a general overheating and the winter temperature has increased by 4/5 °, while the summer by a couple. Nevertheless, in winter there are frequent snowfalls and frost waves (records: January 1969 -29 degrees, January 2008 -18 degrees). The period from March to early May is characterized by frequent winds, rains and temperature changes.
Summer is sunny and very hot, the maximum reaches 35/36 ° with peaks even over 40 °. The rains are abundant from November to April, while in summer rain is a very rare phenomenon.
The climate of Fergana is similar, slightly colder because it is located at a higher altitude.

Recommended period: from April to early June and September / October, perfect weather and no rain

Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Southern Plains (Samarkand, Bukhara, Termez)

La flat area of ​​southern Uzbekistan has a slightly milder climate in winter and a little warmer in summer than in the cities on the eastern side.

Samarkand, at 700 meters above sea level, has a climate similar to that of Tashkent, only a little cooler in summer due to the altitude. The rains occur mainly in winter and spring.
In Bukhara, in the southwestern desert area, it hardly ever rains. The temperature is similar to that of Samarkand and Tashkent but warmer in summer: in January the average is 3,5 ° and it can even snow, in July it is around 29 °, with highs up to 38 °.
In Termez, which is located in the far south, average temperatures rise: January 5th and July 30,5th. The rains are scarce but in winter both snowfalls and severe frosts are frequent. Summer is really very hot, we can say torrid, in the worst moments it can even exceed 45 °.

Recommended period: from mid-April to mid-June the temperatures are mild around 26 ° and it hardly ever rains; from late September to early November the risk of rain is rare and the temperatures are still quite pleasant.

Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Northern Deserts (Nukus)

The central and northwestern areas of Uzbekistan feature desert and semi-desert areas, where the climate is characterized by decidedly extreme characteristics: very cold winters, with averages below zero, and excessively hot summers.

In the central-western area of ​​the country the Kyzyl Kum desert stretches (or Kizilkum) where the temperature can even drop to -30 ° in winter and even reach 50 ° in summer. The area that was once occupied by the lower part of the Aral Sea, in the north-west of the country, is characterized by freezing winters, to the point that the temperature remains below freezing even during the day for entire consecutive weeks. In summer, which is quite short, average temperatures are a bit lower and livable, around 34/35 ° maximum.

Recommended period: from April to May, with maximum temperatures settling around 25 °; midsummer is risky because it can be really hot, as well as glacial and unsustainable midwinter.

What to bring in your suitcase


  • Capital: Tashkent
  • Population: 32.656.700
  • Area: 444.103 sq. Km
  • Languages: the official language is Uzbek, the second language is Russian; Tajik is widespread in the area of ​​Samarkand, Bukhara and in the south of the country; English is spoken by tour operators and merchants
  • Currency: Uzbek Sum (UZS) / € 1,00 = 10.552,46 UZS
  • Documents: valid passport; from 1 February 2019 a visa is no longer required for stays of up to 30 days
  • Time zone: +4 hours compared to Italy
  • vaccinations: none mandatory; recommended hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, tetanus, rabies, typhus and meningitis
  • Safety info: The country, in particular Tashkent and the cities of tourist interest are subject to control measures and have so far presented no particular safety problems. Travel on the border with Afghanistan not recommended; before leaving, consult the official website of the Farnesina in the Uzbekistan section

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