Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, is a city with an long and proud history. The city stands on the Dnieper River, 951 km from its mouth in the Black Sea. The city was originally built on the high and steep western bank, which rises above the river in an imposing line of bluffs. This precipitous and wooded bank, topped by the golden domes and spires of churches and bell towers and by high-rise apartment buildings, makes the city an attractive and impressive sight from across the Dnieper. Since World War II, Kyiv has extended onto the wide, low, and flat floodplain on the eastern bank.
The city limits enclose an area of 780 square km on both banks of the Dnieper. It is divided into a number of administrative wards. The focus of Kyiv is the area of the ancient Upper Town, crowning the high bluffs of the Dnieper. Although largely of postwar construction, this central area retains its old street pattern, and most of the surviving historical and architectural monuments are located there.
Kyiv has a moderately continental climate. The average January temperature is −6 °C, and winter days with temperatures above freezing are not uncommon. Snow cover lies usually from mid-November to the end of March. Summers are warm, with a July average of 20 °C. The mean annual precipitation is 635 mm, with maximum rainfall in June and July.
Source: Encyclopædia Britannica
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