Moscow Weather, When to Go and Climate Information

(Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia)

During good weather tourists enjoy river cruisesThe continental climate of Moscow can be quite clearly categorised as simply two seasons, summer and winter. Moscow's summer weather is surprisingly mild and appealing, while in the bitterly cold winter months, be prepared to bring plenty of warm clothes and fur-lined hats. However, if you're too cold, you can always drink some of the local Russian vodka to warm yourself up!

Seasonal Climate Variations / When to Go

The snowy winter weather in Moscow results in beautiful scenery, which can be quite simply breathtaking and affords many spectacular photo opportunities. Nearby, the Panovo Downhill Ski Resort is the largest facility of its kind in the Moscow region and even features lighting for late-night skiing.

Picture of roads near the KremlinJanuary and February tend to be the coldest time of the year in Moscow, when the climate is freezing both day and night, dropping to -10°C / 14°F or even -15°C / 5°F or below on the very coldest nights. On occasion, warming wind arrives from the south and can briefly raise the temperature to around 0°C / 32°F. Winter daylight hours in Moscow are particularly short and the weather does not start to noticeably improve until April - the big spring thaw, when everything soon turns to slush.

The summer climate in Moscow arrives quickly and by May, the warmer weather is well on its way and temperatures rapidly start to rise, averaging anywhere between 20°C / 68°F and 25°C / 77°F in June, July and August. Temperatures remain comfortable until well into September, although by the end of October, night-time frosts are beginning to become commonplace and most precipitation comes in the form of snow.

Moscow Weather and Climate Chart (Averages)



-6°C / 21°F
-12°C / 10°F


-4°C / 25°F
-11°C / 12°F


1°C / 34°F
-6°C / 21°F


9°C / 48°F
1°C / 34°F


17°C / 63°F
7°C / 45°F


21°C / 70°F
11°C / 52°F


22°C / 72°F
13°C / 55°F


20°C / 68°F
11°C / 52°F


14°C / 57°F
6°C / 43°F


7°C / 45°F
1°C / 34°F


0°C / 32°F
-4°C / 25°F


-4°C / 25°F
-9°C / 16°F