Afghanistan has a four distinct seasons. There's fine weather in spring (March to May) and the country blooms, but rain and melting snow can make many roads difficult to traverse. Summers (June to August) can be blisteringly hot everywhere except


The comparative rarity of paved roads can make Afghanistan feel like the dustiest country in the world; even Kabul is regularly engulfed in swirling dust storms. Chest infections are common complaints among visitors. Both Afghan men and women use their scarves to keep out the dust on bumpy roads - you should do the same.

the mountains - Herat, Mazar-e Sharif, Jalalabad and Kandahar all swelter, but Kabul, Bamiyan and Faizabad enjoy pleasant, cool nights. Sandstorms at this time can affect air travel. Autumn (September to November) is one of the best times to visit with pleasant dry weather, and plenty of delicious Afghan fruit. From the end of November, winter sets in, and snow is common across much of the country. Travel

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.ll in the mountains is particularly tricky at this time, with some remote regions cut off from transport links completely.

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