The best times to visit Murmansk for ideal weather are

December 24th to March 4th

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

 

 


Other Murmansk Travel Info

Weather in Murmansk

Temperature

Average temperatures in Murmansk vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 14th 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 Murmansk, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early August where highs are regularly around 65.1°F (18.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 46.9°F (8.3°C) at night.

Murmansk Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Murmansk Temperatures (Celsius)

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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.

Murmansk Perceived Temperature (F)

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Murmansk Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Murmansk 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 18.8 9.7 0.1
Feb 18.2 9.2 -2.1
Mar 29.6 20.7 8.4
Apr 38.2 31.3 21.2
May 49.1 42 33.2
Jun 57.5 50.1 41.1
Jul 62.7 55.1 46.2
Aug 60.6 52.7 43
Sep 52.5 45.6 37.1
Oct 39.4 34.8 29.1
Nov 30.2 23.8 16
Dec 25.1 16.9 8.1

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -7.3 -12.4 -17.7
Feb -7.7 -12.7 -18.9
Mar -1.3 -6.3 -13.1
Apr 3.4 -0.4 -6
May 9.5 5.6 0.7
Jun 14.2 10.1 5.1
Jul 17.1 12.8 7.9
Aug 15.9 11.5 6.1
Sep 11.4 7.6 2.8
Oct 4.1 1.6 -1.6
Nov -1 -4.6 -8.9
Dec -3.8 -8.4 -13.3

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Murmansk are February, March, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late January and early February. For example, on the week of January 29th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early July with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of July 2nd.

When can you find snow in Murmansk? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to early to mid March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Murmansk is often around around December 17th 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.

Chance of Precipitation

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

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Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 14% 9.2 1.4
Feb 7% 10.5 0.7
Mar 13% 11.8 1.2
Apr 17% 5.5 1.3
May 16% 1.3 1.7
Jun 23% 0 2.3
Jul 33% 0 3.4
Aug 24% 0 2.8
Sep 23% 0 2.2
Oct 27% 3.3 2.5
Nov 18% 3.9 1.4
Dec 17% 6.8 1.4

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 14 23.4 3.6
Feb 7 26.7 1.8
Mar 13 30 3
Apr 17 14 3.3
May 16 3.3 4.3
Jun 23 0 5.8
Jul 33 0 8.6
Aug 24 0 7.1
Sep 23 0 5.6
Oct 27 8.4 6.4
Nov 18 9.9 3.6
Dec 17 17.3 3.6

 

Humidity and Wind

Murmansk has some extremely humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is May (57.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (82.4%).

Wind in Murmansk is usually calm. The windiest month is June, followed by May and April. June’s average wind speed of around 6.3 knots (7.3 MPH or 11.7 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid February where average top sustained speeds reach 15.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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Wind

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

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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 4.1 Light breeze 13.1 Significant breeze
Feb 4.6 Light breeze 13.5 Significant breeze
Mar 5.5 Light breeze 14.2 Significant breeze
Apr 6.1 Light breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
May 6.2 Light breeze 13 Significant breeze
Jun 6.3 Light breeze 13.4 Significant breeze
Jul 5.5 Light breeze 11.7 Significant breeze
Aug 4.9 Light breeze 10.4 Gentle breeze
Sep 5.2 Light breeze 12 Significant breeze
Oct 5.2 Light breeze 13.1 Significant breeze
Nov 4.6 Light breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
Dec 4.7 Light breeze 13.5 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 75.4%
Feb 71.1%
Mar 66.5%
Apr 62.5%
May 57.1%
Jun 58%
Jul 66.1%
Aug 69.9%
Sep 73.4%
Oct 81%
Nov 82.4%
Dec 78.8%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Murmansk?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 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 22, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Murmansk, Russia is July, followed by June and January. 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 Murmansk 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. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 50.7 in December means 50.7% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Murmansk Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 59°F (15°C) and 24.6°F (-4.1°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 5 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second 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 cold weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see the most precipitation with 7 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Murmansk, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 56.4°F (13.6°C) and 27.7°F (-2.4°C), which will feel very chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 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 Murmansk to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 27.1°F (-2.7°C) and 15.1°F (-9.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 2 to 5 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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