Batken

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Batken

Баткен
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Official seal of Batken
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Batken is located in Kyrgyzstan
Batken
Batken
Location in Kyrgyzstan
Coordinates: 40°4′N 70°50′E / 40.067°N 70.833°E / 40.067; 70.833Coordinates: 40°4′N 70°50′E / 40.067°N 70.833°E / 40.067; 70.833
CountryFlag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Kyrgyzstan
RegionBatken Region
DistrictBatken District
Government
 • GubernatorSultanbay Ayjigitov
Area
 • City205 km2 (79 sq mi)
Elevation
1,042 m (3,419 ft)
Population
(2009)[1]
 • City19,718
 • Urban
13,435
Time zoneUTC+6 (KGT)
Area code(s)+996 3622

Batken (also called Batkent) is a small town in southwestern Kyrgyzstan, on the southern fringe of the Fergana Valley. It is the capital of Batken Region. Its area is 205 square kilometres (79 sq mi), and its resident population was 19,718 in 2009 (both including the villages Bulak-Bashi, Kyzyl-Jol and Bazar-Bashy). The population of the town proper was 13,435.[1]

History[edit]

The name Batkent is from the Iranian language of Sogdian and means "The city of wind". Batken became the administrative headquarters of the youngest of Kyrgyzstan's seven regions, created from the three westernmost districts of Osh Region in 1999, after concerns over radical Islamist activities in neighboring Tajikistan and Uzbekistan led to demands for a more direct and visible governmental presence in this remote and mountainous region. Batken Airport links the town with Bishkek. Since 2000, there is a small university in Batken.

Climate[edit]

Batken has a cold steppe climate (Köppen climate classification: BSk). The average annual temperature in Batken is 11.6 °C (52.9 °F). About 367 mm (14.45 in) of precipitation falls annually.

Climate data for Batken
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1.2
(34.2)
3.7
(38.7)
10.5
(50.9)
19.1
(66.4)
24.6
(76.3)
30.0
(86.0)
32.5
(90.5)
31.1
(88.0)
26.4
(79.5)
18.5
(65.3)
9.8
(49.6)
3.4
(38.1)
17.6
(63.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.8
(27.0)
−0.5
(31.1)
5.8
(42.4)
13.3
(55.9)
18.0
(64.4)
22.6
(72.7)
24.9
(76.8)
23.2
(73.8)
18.3
(64.9)
11.8
(53.2)
4.8
(40.6)
−0.3
(31.5)
11.6
(52.9)
Average low °C (°F) −6.7
(19.9)
−4.7
(23.5)
1.2
(34.2)
7.6
(45.7)
11.5
(52.7)
15.2
(59.4)
17.3
(63.1)
15.4
(59.7)
10.3
(50.5)
5.1
(41.2)
−0.1
(31.8)
−4.0
(24.8)
5.7
(42.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 40
(1.6)
39
(1.5)
57
(2.2)
51
(2.0)
47
(1.9)
16
(0.6)
8
(0.3)
3
(0.1)
5
(0.2)
32
(1.3)
30
(1.2)
39
(1.5)
367
(14.4)
Source: https://en.climate-data.org/location/28040/

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