The most hospitable and pleasant climate in Syria is to be found near the coast. Here Mediterranean conditions give hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters, with average daily temperatures of 29C in summer and 10C in winter. Annual rainfall along the coast ranges from 750 to 1,000mm.
Moving inland from the coast, Syria's climate becomes increasingly drier and less welcoming. Temperatures in the plateau region average around 35C in summer and 12C in winter and annual rainfal varies from 250mm to 500mm. Winters in the northern interior can be cold, with temperatures often falling to below freezing.
In the desert area, summer temperature average 40C, with frequent highs of around 46C. Rainfall is extremely low.