Russia: Best Time to Visit
Russia is the largest country in the world, and therefore, its regions differ greatly. In general, Moscow and St. Petersburg have long and cold winters and warm but short summers.
Moscow and St. Petersburg
Summer is officially June to August inc. and it is a time when most city dwellers head out of town. There is no doubt that summer is the best time weather-wise with longer days for Russia vacations. In St. Petersburg, the sun doesn’t set at the time “White Nights” (late May to mid-July). However, Moscow especially can be very hot with a certain amount of humidity. The summer is when prices for accommodation are at their highest and when the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky Theatres are closed. However, there are alternative venues to enjoy opera and ballet. March and early April are when the snow begins to melt. After that, the spring is a good time to visit (mid-April to the end of May). The fall is an unpredictable season. Late September and October can be very cool. By November, expect snow. The harsh Russian winter begins in December and finishes at the end of February, although snow can still be found as late as April.
In Siberia, the temperature can go down to 50 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. In the summer, the temperature rises above freezing in May. The warmest month is July when it is moderate but not hot.
|Moscow||-6 C/21 F||10 C/50 F||22 C/72 F||21 C/70 F||8 C/46 F|
|St. Petersburg||-2C/28 F||8 C/46 F||20 C/68 F||20 C/68 F||8 C/46 F|
|Irkutsk, Siberia||-19 C/-2 F||2 C/35 F||15 C/59 F||15 C/59 F||1 C/34 F|
NOTE – All quoted temperatures are daytime average highs unless otherwise stated and can vary.
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