Let’s talk about the weather: Is there snow in Syria?

By Oula Mahfouz

Due to the heavy snowfall in Germany, I remembered that every time, when it snowed, I got asked the same question: Does it snow in Syria?

I am always very happy to hear this question, as it reminds me of the last winter I spent in Damascus. That winter, there was a lot of snowfall. 

Syria is situated in the eastern Mediterranean and borders on Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Palestine. This special position between three different continents and cultures is important. It shapes Syria and gave the country a diversity in many areas, including nature, climate and geographical diversity. 

Syria is located in the warm temperate zone of the Mediterranean climate, which is shaped by a moderate rainy winter and a dry summer with two small transition periods. A gradual increase of drought from west to east and from north to south has been observed. 

Geographically, Syria is divided in multiple regions, those being:

Mountain regions: In this region, there are many mountains, which run parallel to the Mediterranean Sea from north to south. One of these is the Mount Alsheikh (older gentleman), which received its name because of its peak, which is covered by snow most of the year. 

Coastal regions: This is the landscape which borders on the mountains in the east and the ocean in the west. This region is distinguished by its picturesque nature and the abundance of rivers, lakes and resorts.  

Desert region: It consists of all plains in the southeast of Syria, especially on the borders of Iraq and Jordan. The areas rich with oil and gas are situated there. 

Inner regions and the so-called plains: These regions are home to many big cities, such as Damascus, Aleppo and Hama. 

In the three months December to February, the temperatures drop to minus degrees in most regions of the country, except the coastal regions. In the inner regions, the temperatures rise to above 25 degrees Celsius in the months of July and August. 

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