Weather in Russia

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Last updated:
24.07.2019
 

What is Russian weather like?

Do you still believe in stereotypes about eternally frosty and snow-covered Russia? Speaking about the Russian climate, it's almost impossible to describe it's general peculiarities in one or two words. Can you imagine that this amazing country has 10+ variable climates? The main reason for this, obviously, is the country’s vast size.

Russia Weather & Clothing​

Most of Russia has a continental climate with dry and hot summers and very cold and snowy winters. Russian weather conditions significantly depend on the specific region you are going to visit and your wardrobe for a trip to Russia will vary greatly depending on the season. We would like to pay your attention that St. Petersburg's weather is especially changeable.

What is Russia's weather like in the summer?

We highly recommend visiting Russia in late spring or at the beginning of the summer, especially if you are planning a city tour. This time of the year is perfect for outdoor sightseeing and lets you enjoy your travel experience in Russia to the fullest!

Summers in Russia are quite hot, although short. As a rule, you can count on mild and not too hot Russia weather in June with temperatures around 23°C (74°F) during the day. According to statistics, July and August are the hottest months. During summer, the average temperature in Moscow remains at 19°C (65°F) and often surpasses 30°C (86°F). So if you are traveling in the summer, it is best to bring clothes you normally wear in the summer. Nevertheless, a sweater or light jacket will also be handy as evenings may be a bit chilly.

What is Russia's weather in the winter months?

Russian winter always comes with frost and heavy snowfalls. If your trip is in the wintertime, warm coats, scarves, hats, gloves and other elements of the winter wardrobe are essential as in Russian winter the average temperatures drops to 15°F (-9°C). If you are traveling to the northern or northeastern part of Siberia in the winter, please be prepared for really extreme weather conditions.

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Packing your suitcase, remember that comfortable walking shoes or sneakers are a must, so keep in mind that guided tours imply walking as well when packing. Also, if you are planning to visit an opera or a theater pack something classy but not too fancy (tuxedos or evening gowns are not at all necessary).