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Uzbekistan is best visited during spring and autumn (April to May, and September to early November). During these periods, it’s typically warm and dry, and you can enjoy the heat of this desert region without it being uncomfortably hot, as it can be during the summer months.

From November to March it can be very cold, but this also brings clear, bright skies which provide an exceptional backdrop to any photos you take during your trip. This is also the quietest time of the year, so if you’re willing to dress warmly you’re likely to have the country’s exquisitely beautiful sites to yourself.

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Uzbekistan Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bukhara 5°C 24mm 9°C 20mm 15°C 33mm 23°C 25mm 30°C 12mm 34°C 1mm 37°C 0mm 34°C 0mm 30°C 1mm 22°C 6mm 14°C 14mm 8°C 20mm
Khiva 2°C 9mm 5°C 9mm 12°C 20mm 22°C 18mm 29°C 11mm 34°C 3mm 36°C 2mm 34°C 1mm 28°C 2mm 19°C 5mm 11°C 9mm 4°C 13mm
Samarkand 6°C 47mm 8°C 39mm 13°C 68mm 21°C 63mm 26°C 36mm 32°C 5mm 34°C 2mm 32°C 0mm 28°C 2mm 21°C 22mm 14°C 26mm 9°C 42mm
Tashkent 6°C 53mm 8°C 51mm 14°C 75mm 22°C 61mm 28°C 36mm 33°C 12mm 36°C 5mm 34°C 2mm 29°C 4mm 21°C 28mm 14°C 46mm 8°C 56mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Uzbekistan

The Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Visiting Uzbekistan in January - February

January and February are the coldest months in Uzbekistan. Temperatures don't drop too far below zero degrees but chilling winds can often make it feel colder. However, it tends to be dry and bright during this time, with clean air and blue skies that provide an excellent backdrop for photographing the country’s impressive mosques and minarets. You're likely to have the various sites to yourself as the winter months don't see many visitors to the country.

Bolohauz Mosque, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Visiting Uzbekistan in March - April

Temperatures start to warm up from mid-March, but the chance of rain increases. Late March and early April are still fairly quiet times to visit, and the country’s main sites of interest will continue to be relatively uncrowded.

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Visiting Uzbekistan in May - June

Mid-April through to early June is one of the most popular times to visit Uzbekistan, as temperatures are warm without being too high – typically mid to high 20s Celsius (50 to 60 Fahrenheit). Consequently, hotels and sites will be at their busiest.

Events & Festivals

  • The Silk and Spices Festival is occasionally held during May, which highlights the country’s culture and traditions, as well as its local arts and crafts.
Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan

Visiting Uzbekistan in July - August

July and August are the hottest and driest months of the year in Uzbekistan, with temperatures in the mid to high 30s Celsius (above 80 degrees Fahrenheit). Visiting during this period can be quite uncomfortable, particularly with any long overland journeys, as the sun is extremely strong.

Food Traders, Urgut Market, Uzbekistan

Visiting Uzbekistan in September - October

Temperatures start to cool down from September. You can expect mid 20s Celsius (mid-70s Fahrenheit), making it more enjoyable to explore the country’s intriguing old towns and Islamic architecture. The autumn months are typically drier than spring, and are also when they country goes to harvest, meaning markets are ripe with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Visiting Uzbekistan in November - December

As winter falls on Uzbekistan both its temperatures and visitor numbers drop. This can be a wonderful time to make your trip if you don’t mind dressing up warmly.

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