Maseru is the capital and largest city in Lesotho. It has approximately 250,000 inhabitants and is located in the northwest of the country on the Mohokare River, bordering South Africa, at an altitude of around 1600 meters above sea level. The place has been the capital since Lesotho became independent in 1966 and the name of the city actually means 'place of the red sandstone'. Nowadays, it is the administrative centre of the country and has good facilities for travellers. It also functions as a transportation hub to and from South Africa and the rest of the country, although roads outside Maseru deteriorate the further you go inland.
Climate in Maseru is rather harsh and mainly because of its elevation quite different from many other surrounding countries. In summer it is mostly warm to hot with occasional showers. Temperatures are between 30 °C and 35 °C during summer days and around 15 °C at night. Winters are relatively dry with temperatures around 10 °C to 15 °C during the day and below 0 °C at night from June to August. Sometimes, some snow is possible but not often.
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