Kyrgyzstan is a country of continental climate with relatively little annual rainfall. It averages 247 sunny days a year. In summer, in mountainous areas, the mornings are generally fine and the afternoons cloudy with occasional rain. In the lowlands, the temperature varies between 16° and 24°C (61-75°F) in July and between -6° and -4°C (21-24°F) in January. In highlands, the temperatures range from between 8° and 12°C (46-54°F) in July  to between -20° and -14°C (-4-7°F) in January. There can be heavy snowfalls during the winter time.