Antananarivo, known as Tana, is the capital of Madagascar. The city has a European feel to it, with French widely spoken and many road and shop signs in French. With a population of about 1.25 million inhabitants, it is also the largest city in the country. It is here that most international flights arrive and depart, and as such you will no doubt spend some time here. The capital has a subtropical highland climate characterised by warm, rainy summers and mild, dry winters. The city gets nearly all of its average annual rainfall between the months of November and April. Although frosts are rare in the city, they are more common at higher elevations. The daily mean temperatures can range from 20.8 °C in December to 14.3 °C in July.