UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
From May through October, sunny weather prevails and rain is infrequent. Temperatures rarely go above 90°F in the summer. Fall and spring are relatively short. Winters are mild (in the city, winter temperatures rarely drop below 40°F and damp. Most of the country's annual rainfall (about 36 inches) occurs from December through March. Winter storms frequently are accompanied by high winds, lightning, and thunder.
Lebanese pound (LBP)
Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian
Arab 95%, Armenian 4%, other 1%
Independence Day, 22 November (1943)
33 50 N, 35 50 E
Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Israel and Syria