The best times to visit Moscow for ideal weather are

May 7th to September 16th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 


Moscow Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in Moscow

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Moscow vary somewhat and are seasonally temperate. The area is in the top 67 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Moscow, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 60.4°F (15.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 46°F (7.8°C) at night.

    Moscow Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    Low

    Moscow Temperatures (Celsius)

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    Average
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    “Feels-Like” Temperatures

    The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

    Moscow Perceived Temperature (F)

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    Moscow Perceived Temperature (C)

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    Average Moscow Temperatures by Month

    Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

    Show Fahrenheit

    Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan 21.5 18 13.4
    Feb 24.5 20.3 14.9
    Mar 36.4 30.6 23.3
    Apr 52.3 44.8 35.2
    May 68.6 60.3 49.6
    Jun 72.9 65 54.8
    Jul 78.7 70.4 59.9
    Aug 74.2 65.9 56.1
    Sep 61.3 54.3 46.3
    Oct 46.9 42 36.2
    Nov 37.1 34.1 30.6
    Dec 28.1 24.9 21.1

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan -5.8 -7.8 -10.3
    Feb -4.2 -6.5 -9.5
    Mar 2.4 -0.8 -4.8
    Apr 11.3 7.1 1.8
    May 20.3 15.7 9.8
    Jun 22.7 18.3 12.7
    Jul 25.9 21.3 15.5
    Aug 23.4 18.8 13.4
    Sep 16.3 12.4 7.9
    Oct 8.3 5.6 2.3
    Nov 2.8 1.2 -0.8
    Dec -2.2 -3.9 -6.1

     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in Moscow are January, December, and then November. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late June. For example, on the week of June 25th there are only 1 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid-October with an average of 2.4 days with significant precipitation the week of October 15th.

    When can you find snow in Moscow? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

    Chance of Precipitation

    The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Moscow.

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    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Moscow (in).

    Key
    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 28.6 4 0.03
    Feb 27.1 6.1 0.03
    Mar 21.4 6.3 0.02
    Apr 18.6 3.9 0.03
    May 18.6 0 0.04
    Jun 22.9 0 0.04
    Jul 18.6 0 0.05
    Aug 20 0 0.06
    Sep 21.4 0 0.05
    Oct 25.7 0.6 0.05
    Nov 27.1 1.4 0.04
    Dec 27.1 1.8 0.04

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 28.6 10.2 0.08
    Feb 27.1 15.5 0.08
    Mar 21.4 16 0.05
    Apr 18.6 9.9 0.08
    May 18.6 0 0.1
    Jun 22.9 0 0.1
    Jul 18.6 0 0.13
    Aug 20 0 0.15
    Sep 21.4 0 0.13
    Oct 25.7 1.5 0.13
    Nov 27.1 3.6 0.1
    Dec 27.1 4.6 0.1

     

    Humidity and Wind

    Moscow has slightly high to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is April (52.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (82.3%).

    Wind in Moscow is usually moderate. The windiest month is March, followed by December and November. March’s average wind speed of around 5.4 knots (6.2 MPH or 10 KPH) is considered “light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late April where average top sustained speeds reach 9.8 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

    The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Moscow.

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

    The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

    Key
    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 4.2 a light breeze 6.7 a light breeze
    Feb 4.8 a light breeze 7.3 a gentle breeze
    Mar 5.4 a light breeze 8.7 a light breeze
    Apr 4.7 a light breeze 8.5 a gentle breeze
    May 4.5 a light breeze 8.1 a light breeze
    Jun 4.5 a light breeze 8.1 a gentle breeze
    Jul 4.1 a light breeze 7.6 a light breeze
    Aug 4.1 a light breeze 7.5 a gentle breeze
    Sep 3.9 light air 7 a light breeze
    Oct 4.7 a light breeze 7.7 a gentle breeze
    Nov 4.8 a light breeze 7.3 a light breeze
    Dec 5.3 a light breeze 7.9 a gentle breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 80.7
    Feb 73.5
    Mar 62.2
    Apr 52.3
    May 55
    Jun 56.8
    Jul 56.9
    Aug 62.6
    Sep 72.6
    Oct 73.9
    Nov 81.9
    Dec 82.3

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Moscow?

    As of 5/8/2017 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Russia; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories.
     

    The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

    The busiest month for tourism in Moscow, Russia is May, followed by March and February. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Moscow in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

    Estimated Tourism by Month

     

    Most Popular Months to Visit

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    Tourists Seeking Accommodations

    Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 67.4 in December means 67.4% of the tourists vs. May.

    Overall Moscow Travel Experience by Season

    Spring (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 54.7°F (12.6°C) and 23.1°F (-4.9°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 7 days of precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

    Summer (June through August)

    The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 6 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is busy season for tourism in Moscow, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

    Fall (September through November)

    Fall daily highs range from 47.7°F (8.7°C) and 22.4°F (-5.3°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

    Winter (December through February)

    Weather is far too cold this time of year in Moscow to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 23.8°F (-4.6°C) and 11.8°F (-11.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a noticeable amount: 8 to 9 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.