The best times to visit Moscow for ideal weather are
April 30th 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
Weather in Moscow
Average temperatures in Moscow vary an incredible amount. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 26th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. 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 early to mid July where highs are regularly around 79.6°F (26.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 60.2°F (15.7°C) at night.
Moscow Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Moscow Temperatures (Celsius)
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)
Moscow Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Moscow are April, March, and then May. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early March. For example, on the week of March 5th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late May with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of May 21st.
When can you find snow in Moscow? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to early November. The best time to ski (if at all) in Moscow is often around around December 3rd when fresh powder is deepest. 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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Moscow.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Moscow (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Moscow has some extremely humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (54.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (81%).
Wind in Moscow is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is March, followed by November and February. March’s average wind speed of around 2.9 knots (3.3 MPH or 5.3 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late March where average top sustained speeds reach 5.4 knots, which is considered a light breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Moscow.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||2.4||Barely noticeable||4||Light breeze|
|Feb||2.8||Barely noticeable||4.2||Light breeze|
|Mar||2.9||Barely noticeable||4.7||Light breeze|
|Apr||2.6||Barely noticeable||4.8||Light breeze|
|May||2.2||Barely noticeable||4.3||Light breeze|
|Jun||2.3||Barely noticeable||4.2||Light breeze|
|Jul||1.9||Barely noticeable||3.9||Light breeze|
|Aug||1.9||Barely noticeable||3.8||Barely noticeable|
|Sep||1.8||Barely noticeable||3.6||Light breeze|
|Oct||2.3||Barely noticeable||3.9||Barely noticeable|
|Nov||2.8||Barely noticeable||4.2||Light breeze|
|Dec||2.7||Barely noticeable||4.2||Light breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Moscow?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Aug 21, 2019 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. This advisory was last updated on Aug 14, 2019.
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
Overall Moscow Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 72.9°F (22.7°C) and 32°F (0°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 6 days of significant 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 7 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Moscow, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 65.2°F (18.4°C) and 30.8°F (-0.7°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 7 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably 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 33.6°F (0.9°C) and 19°F (-7.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 8 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.