Today, the UV index suggests low sun danger (0-2) in Ashgabat, reaching up to 2.2. Remember sunglasses and SPF 30+ on sunny days, and be cautious around reflective surfaces like sand, water, and snow for increased UV exposure.
Read more here about the climate and sun exposure in and around Ashgabat.
The UV index in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, can range from moderate to very high levels throughout the year. During the hot summer months, from June to August, the UV index can reach as high as 10 (very high). It is important to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays by wearing sunscreen, protective clothing, and sunglasses.
Ashgabat experiences distinct seasons: a hot and dry summer, a mild and pleasant spring and autumn, and a cold and occasionally snowy winter. Summer temperatures, from June to August, can soar as high as 40 °C (104 °F), while winter temperatures, from December to February, can drop to around 0 °C (32 °F). Spring and autumn offer more comfortable weather, with temperatures ranging from 15 °C to 25 °C (59 °F to 77 °F).
Compared to its region, Ashgabat receives plenty of sunshine throughout the year. The city enjoys over 3,000 hours of sunshine annually. This high sun exposure makes sunscreen and sun protection essential when spending time outdoors. The dry climate, along with the sun exposure, increases the risk of dehydration, so it is important to stay hydrated and seek shade during the hottest part of the day.
The chart above displays the Shortwave Radiation Sum (MJ/m²) for each day of the last year in Ashgabat. It's designed to provide you with a better understanding of the yearly weather and sun exposure.