Russian Weather. Weather in Moscow
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Moscow, like most of Russia, has a continental climate with dramatic swings in temperature from season to season. Over the last couple of months, we've been making the most of the very long mild days (around midsummer, it's light until 11pm), enjoying a beer in an open air cafe, rollerblading in the parks or taking a cruise down the Moscow river with friends. As we head into July and August, the hottest months of the year, the city becomes much quieter as all the locals leave for their summer homes or dachas as they are known in Russian. For those staying in the city, we can escape to nearby reservoirs and "beach resorts" for a few hours of relaxation and fresh country air at the weekends.
The weather begins to get cooler in September and the city comes back to life again. Autumn quickly passes into winter, and the first real cold hits sometime in October - there's usually snow on the ground from November through to April. Even during the coldest months of December to February, there is still so much to do whether it's skating or skiing, going to the banya with a bunch of friends, or seeing one of the many ballets or musicals on offer. If you're prepared for the cold, many people say Moscow is at its most beautiful under a blanket of snow, and it's certainly the most popular time of year for friends and family to come to see us!
By March, the temperatures begin to rise and the Russians celebrates 'Malsenitsa', one of the oldest national festivals where they traditionally feast on blinis (Russian pancakes) and burn the "scarecrow of winter" to mark beginning of Spring.
Seasons in Moscow