There is really no such thing as bad weather in St Petersburg, only
different kinds of good weather; Sunshine is delicious, rain is
refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating.
The weather in St Petersburg Russia is quite variable all year round. But despite that, each season offers something special to do and see for everyone. From interesting museums and palaces to stunning parks and gardens, as well as several annual celebrations you won't feel bored if you come. Maybe, you might also be thrilled by our fickle weather!☺
Located on the Baltic Sea, the city of St. Petersburg has a humid coastal climate. Summers are usually short and moderately warm, winters are
long and comparatively mild with recurring fog, while spring and autumn are generally cool, windy, and rainy.
The cold winds brought by the proximity to the Gulf of Finland combined with the continental coastal climate can also make the Russian weather feel colder even when the temperature is far above zero. But don't worry - the warmth of the Russian people will make up for the temperatures outside.☺
Compared with other places of similar high latitude, like Alaska, Chukotka, or Greenland, the mitigating warming effect of the Atlantic Ocean cyclones provides the city with a much milder climate than you might expect for its far northern location.
However, don't let the moody Saint Petersburg Russia weather put you off! It isn't as cold as many people still think, even if the humidity and rain might be hard to bear sometimes but not so hard like a few years ago. Remember, the city of Peter the Great is bound by diverse seasonal scenarios that make the town unique and charming at any time of the year.
From the vibrant colors of spring, the stunning sunny summer days and the endless twilight of the famous White Nights Festival, to the brilliant golden sun of autumn, and the cold and crisp brightness of winter, Russia's Northern Capital will cast its own unique spell over you.
That's why St. Petersburg is also known among locals as a city for all seasons!☺
Wondering what will the weather in St Petersburg be like over the year? If so, read on...
The first thing most travellers consider when planning a trip somewhere is, of course, the weather. So, in the event your next destination will be Saint Petersburg, below we have summarized all the information you need to know about St. Petersburg weather and its four uncommon, but distinct, seasons. To get started just click on the season of your choice to learn more.☺
Spring in Russia doesn't really begin until May, but its spirit starts to be upon Petersburg residents before that month. Honestly, this is not the best time to visit our city, but if you come during this time, many nice indoor festivals and celebrations along with its magnificent architecture and cultural life will entertain you. Plus, there will be few tourists around in the city, so all the tourist sites will be easier to access.
Summer is the most active, fun, and busiest period of the year, so this is the best time to come, but it is also the most crowded. After a long winter, we can now finally enjoy the famous White Nights Festival and the magical midnight sun. Also, we can attend theater programs, open-air festivals, go on romantic river cruises, and have a cocktail on the city's best rooftop restaurants and much more. During summer our city is in full swing so make sure you come.
Autumn is the most favorite time of the year for many Russians, including us, because the parks and gardens are at their best when the colorful leaves start to fall, and the cultural life of the city starts. True! It may be a bit cold and rainy, sometimes even a little snowy, but our city over this time offers magical scenery that will last forever in your memory, so if you can travel to St Petersburg around this period of the year please do it.
Winter is the most beautiful time to explore our city if you brave the cold and snow. The city's arts scene is running at full steam and there are plenty of activities to do, especially during the New Year celebrations. True! It is cold and snowy with temperatures sometimes moving down to -15C, but this is the price to pay if you want to experience the real Russian winter. Also, there will be few tourists around, so all the tourist sites will be easier to access.