Weather forecast |
Overview. To put it in just one word, St. Petersburg weather is
variable. In this Northern city the weather is the topmost source of surprises. That is
why even in the heat of summer many wise locals still carry their umbrellas with them. It
does not rain all the time, but you never know when it will. It might get quite windy too.
At any rate, weather forecasts on TV and radio always get the highest ratings.
St. Petersburg's climate is mild compared to that of the more inland areas of Russia.
The city is on the Baltic Sea, which makes winters relatively mild, but summers are not
particularly hot either. It is humid all year round.
Winter is long as in most areas of Russia. Temperatures as low
as -10 Co are normal, and - 20 Co is not unusual. The average winter
temperature is -6.9 Co. The Neva River freezes between November 25 and December 5 and the ice is gone only by
Spring can be quite long. From early April temperatures are
above freezing and by April 15 all the snow normally melts. One should be prepared for
some chilly rainy days, but it can get rather warm mid-May onwards.
Summer vary from year to year, but generally temperatures are
somewhere near +20-25 Co. You ought to have some clear days to enjoy the White Nights. Hot sunny days
are not rare, but you never know when it is going to rain. July is the hottest month of
the year. It usually starts getting a bit cooler in mid-August. The highest temperature
ever recorded in the city was +33.6 Co.
Autumn (feel free to call it Falls) starts with reasonably warm
days in mid-September, but by mid-October it is often chilly. The average September
temperature is 10.8 Co, and the average October temperature is 4.9 Co
. In November it might start to snow, but sometimes it does not snow until mid-December.
Clothes. What should I take with me to be prepared for any weather?
Whatever the season, it is wise to bring your umbrella and a windproof raincoat or
jacket. You will do a lot of walking in St. Petersburg, so think carefully about footwear.
Depending on the time of year, you will need warm boots with a non-slip sole, waterproof
boots/shoes, comfortable sandals. In Winter it can get very cold outside, but hotels and
homes are reasonably well heated, which makes it a good idea to dress in layers. In Spring
it might be chilly at times, but in mid-May it gets warmer. You can wear shorts in Summer,
though shorts might prevent you from entering churches. Bring a sweater or light jacket
for those chilly evenings. It is in Autumn that you are most likely to use your umbrella
and waterproof boots, though a Russian version of an Indian Summer (around mid-September)
can be mild and fairly dry.
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