The climate of Ukraine is determined by its
geographical location. Ukraine's territory lies in the temperate belt. In
general the country's climate is climate is temperately continental, being
subtropical only on the southern coast of the Crimea. The differences in
climate are caused by many factors: the latitude, relief, altitude and
proximity to seas and oceans. A characteristic feature of the climate is an
increase in its continental nature from west to east.
A feature of Ukraine's climate is the considerable
fluctuation in weather conditions from year to year. Alongside very wet years
there can be droughts, whose effect increases to the south and east. There are
frequent oscillations in weather in the regions of the Crimean and Carpathian
On the southern coast of the Crimea the climate is
subtropical Mediterranean, inasmuch as the Crimean Mountains obstruct the
movement of cold Arctic air to the coast. These climatic features have
contributed to the creation of the one of the best resort areas in Ukraine.
Winter is rather cold in Ukraine. There is much snow
in the northern and western parts of the country. Average temperature of
January is 7-8 degrees below zero.
It often rains in the Carpathian Mountains. In the
south and east the weather is dry especially in summer.
The average yearly temperature in Ukraine varies
between +5.5...+7 C in the north and +11...+13C in the south.
In Zaporozhye region the climate is close to
continental. We have hot summers and cool winters without heavy snowfalls and
frosts. In spring and autumn the climate is moderate.
They say the climate in Ukraine like anywere else is
getting milder with every coming year. It depends on many reasons.
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