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The best time to visit Russia

Due to the enormous size of the country, it’s not easy to give general advice on the best time to visit Russia, as it depends very much upon the area which you are travelling to. Overall, the remoteness of many areas from the sea results in a continental climate, with warm to hot dry summers and very cold winters.

The summer months of May to September are possibly the best time to explore the cities of St Petersburg and Moscow, as well as the Golden Ring. Additionally, in St Petersburg the days are so long in June that you can experience the midnight sun. During this season the city has its annual White Nights Festival. Winter months through from October to March can be very cold, but don’t dismiss this time of year – crisp blue skies and blankets of snow can be quite magical if you wrap up warm.

Climate charts for cities and places within Russia

The below climate charts have been compiled by Weather2Travel.com. For an explanation to the various measurements, please read our climate notes.

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Moscow

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) -621 -621 -130 643 1355 1763 1966 1763 1152 541 -130 -621
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 40 30 30 20 40 60 60 60 50 50 40 40
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

St Petersburg

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) -621 -621 -130 541 1152 1661 1864 1661 1152 643 32 -425
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 30 20 20 20 40 50 60 60 40 40 40 30
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Suzdal

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) -719 -621 32 1050 1864 2272 2475 2272 1661 846 32 -425
Min temp (C)(F) -147 -139 -719 134 846 1254 1457 1254 745 236 -523 -1014
Sunshine hours 1 3 4 6 9 10 9 8 5 2 1 1
Daylight hours 8 10 12 14 16 18 17 15 13 10 8 7
Rainfall (mm)(in) 381 281 261 392 482 60 883 622 572 602 522 442
Rainy Days 18 14 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 15 17 19
Humidity L L L M M H H M5 M L L L
UV 0/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 6/H 6/H 5/M 3/M 1/L 1/L 0/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Vladivostok

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) -147 -1013 -327 440 949 1356 1864 2068 1661 948 -130 -1014
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 10 10 20 40 60 90 110 151 120 60 30 20
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Yaroslavl

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) -818 -621 32 948 1864 2272 2373 2170 1559 745 32 -523
Min temp (C)(F) -155 -147 -818 134 745 1152 1355 1254 745 134 -523 -1112
Sunshine hours 1 3 4 6 9 10 9 7 4 2 1 1
Daylight hours 7 9 12 14 17 18 17 15 13 10 8 7
Rainfall (mm)(in) 361 261 251 381 472 653 853 653 582 582 492 452
Rainy Days 18 14 12 12 11 13 13 13 14 16 17 19
Humidity L L L M M M H M M L L L
UV 0/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 5/M 6/H 4/M 3/M 1/L 0/L 0/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A