When to go to Moscow: the best time to visit the city

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You are planning a trip to Moscow and you want to know what is the best time to visit the city? Any time of year can be a good time to visit the city, especially based on the reasons for the trip, however, there are more favorable and less favorable periods.

The best time to visit Moscow

Summer

Moscow has a humid continental climate, with cold and long winters and mild, short summers. Surely the best period to visit the city is during the summer, from mid-May to the end of August, when the days are long, beautiful, warm and sunny. During the summer the average temperature ranges from 10 to 30 ° c.



Autumn

With the arrival of autumn the temperatures begin to drop, the days get shorter, the rains arrive, and from late October to early November also the snow, which becomes practically the only form of precipitation until spring. It is perhaps the best time for those looking for a low cost holiday in Moscow.

Winter

Winter is very cold and the sun appears in a few days. On many days it can snow and temperatures rarely exceed 0 ° C. It can be an interesting time to visit Moscow, both for those who like snow and for enjoying the beautiful winter atmosphere of the city, which has unique characteristics.

Spring

During the spring the days get longer, the temperatures begin to rise, but waves of frost and snow can still happen. The second part of spring is preferred, from mid-April to the end of May, when housing prices are cheap and if you are lucky, several beautiful days can happen.



How to dress

What are the clothing to pack for a trip to Moscow? Before leaving for the Russian capital it is necessary evaluate the weather forecast and the climate of the period.

In winter (from mid-November to the end of March) you need warm and layered clothing, because while outside it can be very cold, down to -40 ° C, in the rooms there are between 20 and 25 ° C.

In summer (from mid-May to late August) temperatures are almost the same as in summer, with maximum temperatures ranging from 20 to 26 ° C, with peaks above 30 ° C during heat waves. In this period during the day you need a typically summer clothing, while for the evening you could need a light jacket, especially on cooler evenings.

During the spring andautunno it is the most uncertain period of what to pack, because both early or late heatwaves, and late or early frostwaves can occur.

In this period the best advice is to wade weather forecast, on average a trip to Moscow lasts from 3 to 5 days, and now the weather forecasts of up to 5 days are quite reliable, especially for a city like Moscow that enjoys a continental climate.




The climate of Moscow

For information, we present the average climatic data for each month of the year, so you have a general idea of ​​the probable time you can find.

Average climate data for Moscow from January to June
Month January Feb Mar Apr May June
Temp. absolute maximum (in ° C) 9 8 20 29 33 359
Temp. maximum (in ° C) -4 -4 3 11 19 22
Temp. minima (in ° C) -9 . -4 2 8 12
Temp. absolute minimum (in ° C) . . . . -7 -2
Number of rainy days 1 1 3 9 13 14
Number of snowy days 18 15 9 1 0 0
Average monthly sunshine hours 33 72 128 170 265 279
Percentage of sun possible 14 27 35 40 53 53

 


Climate data for Moscow from July to December
Month July Aug Sept. October Nov Dec
Temp. absolute maximum (in ° C) 38 37 32 24 16 10
Temp. maximum (in ° C) 24 22 16 9 1 -3
Temp. minima (in ° C) 14 13 7 3 -3 -8
Temp. absolute minimum (in ° C) 1 -1 -9 . . .
Number of rainy days 15 15 15 12 6 2
Number of snowy days 0 0 0 2 10 17
Average hours of sunshine 271 238 147 78 32 18
Percentage of sun possible 52 51 38 24 13 8

 

Sunny morning at St Basil's Cathedral on Red Square - Photo from Istock
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