The best times to visit Russell for ideal weather are
January 29th to March 25th
October 8th to December 9th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
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Weather in Russell
Average temperatures in Russell vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 61st 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 Russell, the hottest months are February, January, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late January and early February where highs are regularly around 74.6°F (23.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 61.2°F (16.2°C) at night.
Russell Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Russell 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.
Russell Perceived Temperature (F)
Russell Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Russell 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 Russell are November, January, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late October. For example, on the week of October 22nd 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 Russell? 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 Russell.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Russell (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
Russell has some very humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is October (73.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (79.4%).
Wind in Russell is usually calm. The windiest month is February, followed by July and March. February’s average wind speed of around 6.1 knots (7 MPH or 11.3 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 early to mid July where average top sustained speeds reach 12.7 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Russell.
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||5.5||Light breeze||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||6.1||Light breeze||10.6||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||6||Light breeze||10.6||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||5.7||Light breeze||10||Gentle breeze|
|May||5.1||Light breeze||9.3||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||5.5||Light breeze||10.4||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||6||Light breeze||10.8||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||5.8||Light breeze||10.4||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||6||Light breeze||10.7||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||5.6||Light breeze||10.6||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||5.3||Light breeze||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||5.9||Light breeze||10.4||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Russell?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for New Zealand; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 30, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Russell, New Zealand is January, followed by June 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 Russell in April. 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 Russell Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 73.5°F (23.1°C) and 62.1°F (16.7°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 8 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see the most precipitation with 8 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Russell, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 69.6°F (20.9°C) and 61.3°F (16.3°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 7 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Russell to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 74.6°F (23.7°C) and 69.5°F (20.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.