Armenia has a tremendous climatic variety packed in a small physical area. From the sunny Ararat valley and its bountiful fruits to the idyllic snowcapped mountain ranges, which traverse the land, Armenia's diverse nature is a reflection of its broad climatic range. Moreover, several microclimates exist due to the country's mountainous terrain. A day that is sunny and hot in the AraratValley may be quite brisk near the windswept mountainous lakes, and snowing in the upper regions of MountAragats. The rolling hills and high flats seem as if they were sculpted for rugged cross-country skiing in the winter, while LakeSevan in the summertime is a wonderful destination for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxation. Average temperatures in the country's capital, Yerevan, range from -5 oC in winter to 30 oC in summer, although extreme days can see the thermometer fall to -10 oC and the hottest summer days have topped out over 40 oC. Average precipitation ranges from less than 12 inches per year in the lower AraxRiver valley to about 36 inches per year at the highest altitudes. In Armenia every season has its own charm and beauty. With spring in Armenia you hear the vital accords of Komitas's 'Spring', the fascinating sounds of Vivaldi's "Time of the Year" call you to rush out and dance with the wind. Winter is really wonderful in Armenian countryside. The air is crisp, the frozen snow rings under your feet. Spring in Armenia comes early. The weather is fine, but sometimes it is suddenly broken by occasional showers, the air becomes fresh and clean. In such weather ones want to get up at dawn somewhere in the countryside, run into the fields to drink in the fresh smell of field, flowers and sitting in a cosy nook to taste Armenian lavash with cheese and fresh herbs. In summer it is really fine in the Armenian countryside. Everything is in blossom. Summer in Armenia is very fruitful. The mornings are fresh filled with the odor of flowers and hay. Autumn is the best and the most awaited season in Armenia. It is the season of beautiful sunrise and sunset, unbelievable colors and fruits. It is a time of farewell beauty.