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The best time to visit Russia

Whether you plan to visit in the winter or summer months Russia offers year-round appeal. While Russia is renowned as a wonderful winter destination, complete with snow covered landscapes, frost laden monuments, snug fur hats and steamy banya houses, spring and summer offer something completely different. When temperatures start to warm up, beautifully coloured flowers are revealed and manicured lawns grace many of Russia’s most famous palaces, parks and gardens.

The weather chart shows the average daily minimum and maximum temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation.

Russia Seasons

Certainly summer is a drawcard for many travellers. Devoid of snow-covered landscapes, Russia positively blooms in spring and summer. The snow melts to reveal beautifully coloured flowers and manicured lawns at many of Russia’s most famous palaces, parks and gardens and previously spindly birch trees heave with green foliage. Russia is pleasantly warm in summer. In July and August temperatures have been known to rival the Mediterranean. During mid-summer in the northern city of St Petersburg there is no real darkness and this wonderful phenomenon is known as ‘the white nights’.

Autumn (September - October) is brief but also a good time to travel to Russia, when there are less crowds and the country is swathed in golden autumnal hues. From November through to February winter sets in and the country is usually blanketed in crisp white snow. Despite the freezing temperatures, this is a magical time to visit - think fluffy hats, warm coats, breathtaking snowy landscapes and an almost guaranteed white Christmas.

Siberia is renowned for its bitterly cold winters but the lure of picture-perfect snowscapes and winter sports attracts visitors to the region even in the coldest months of December, January and February. During March the snow is still crisp on the ground and the dry days are usually sunny and windless. Spring is a quick affair when the snow thaws and the summer months bring warmer temperatures and showers. By October the temperatures are brisk and the landscape takes on the gorgeous russet hues of autumn.

Russia Climate | Moscow

Temp Min °C-16-14-81811131273-3-10
Temp Max °C-9-6410192123221692-5
Rainfall (mm)393836375358887158454754

Russia Climate | St Petersburg

Temp Min °C-13-12-88611131394-2-8
Temp Max °C-7-520152021201592-3
Rainfall (mm)353031364550727864764640

Russia Climate | Yekaterinburg

Temp Min °C-21-17-12-34912105-2-12-18
Temp Max °C-14-10-4614182118123-7-12
Rainfall (mm)131013184869666941312820

Russia Climate | Irkutsk

Temp Min °C-26-25-17-7171092-6-17-24
Temp Max °C-16-12-4613202120145-7-16
Rainfall (mm)13108153356797143181515