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What is the overall climate: is it extremely hot or cold, wet or dry, at any time of year, for example?

Hot and dry in the summer, very cold (down to minus 40) in the winter. But dress warm and you'll be fine. - Oct 19, 2017
The climate is warm and dry in the summer with short autumn and spring seasons. Winter is legendary, with temperatures that don't rise above 32 for three months straight. Negative 30 is not uncommon during the height of the winter season. Astana receives a moderate amount of rain and snowfall. The city does an outstanding job removing snow as it accumulates on streets and sidewalks. The same cannot be said for the removal of rainwater. Standing water and mud are omnipresent during rainy stretches. The city has few storm water sewers, and even fewer that work. Be careful around manhole covers as well--most lids are broken or will be soon. - Oct 7, 2016
Extreme cold in winter (remains below O, down to -40+ F), mild-hot summer (90s F). Snow began in October and ended in May. Very cold and dry. Summer is breezy and dry, temps close to 100 F at times. It can get very windy because we are on the steppe, very flat for miles around. - Jun 18, 2014
Very cold in winter, and summer is both hot and cool in temperature. - Sep 13, 2010
Um--cold. Summers are nice--not humid, but short! It's usually sunny even when it is cold. - Jul 20, 2008
Winter can begin in November and last through May. Summer is June through August. Autumn is September and October unless iwinter comes early. The winter of 2006 was vert cold (-55F for weeks). The winter of 2007 brought more snow but was not as cold just very windy. The winter of 2008 is colder but less snow and virtually no wind. Weather, in general, changes quickly in the steppe. You can have sun, wind, rain, and sun again in one day with temps varying by 20 degrees in a few hours. - Jan 29, 2008