Cold and Snow

snow-dragon-land-art-siberia-simon-beck-drakony-9Siberia is considered to be the coldest place, while actually its climate is comparable with other cold regions in the world.

The climate of Siberia depends on the territory. Nobody forces you to go to Omyakon – the coldest city in Siberia. Its few settlers from the ancient times used to this climate. Meanwhile you should not rash to assume that the entire territory of Siberia is located in the far North and all people are suffering and surviving.

Truly the climate of most of Siberia is continental, which means there are large temperature differences between summer and winter. The annual average temperature in Siberia is about −5 °C (23 °F) and roughly −25 °C (−13 °F) average in January. The Siberian winter can be quite long and cold compare with summer, which is normally lasts 3 months.

East of the Ural Mountains, summer in Siberia is a warm and very pleasant time of year. It is warm enough to allow for the cultivation of watermelons in western and southern Siberia. Summer temperatures in some regions reach 38 °C (100.4 °F) and more, but closer to north average temperature in July is  about+17 °C (62.6 °F).

In the southern Siberian city of Irkutsk, summer lasts from June to the end of August, with average daytime high temperatures ranging from 20 to 22°C (68 to 72°F).

The climate of the Russian Far East can vary greatly from one location to the next. Many inland areas get quite hot and temperatures can climb to a scorching 40°C (104°F). In Vladivostok, much further to the southwest, August brings the highest temperatures, with an average of only 22°C (72°F).

However, weather in Siberia can be rather unpredictable, for example you can easily see snow in the beginning of May, but the sun will come back the next morning and warm things back up.

What is more, Siberia’s sharply continental climate is more noteworthy for its features than its lack of warmer weather. Where else could you still see such strongly pronounced changes of the seasons? If it is autumn – then you will experience autumn, with all the beauty and bewitching dance of color.

Summer in Siberia is considered to be a shorter season, but in the south of Siberia it is usually hot enough. Therefore people truly enjoy every summer day and arrange a lot of activities.

The spring in Siberia is wonderful. It is magnificent to observe nature awakening. This is the beginning of new life – leaves emerge, birds begin to sing and flowers bloom.

And winter with no doubt is a favorite season for many Russians as they used to frosty weather that does create many problems in everyday life. People of Siberia enjoy winter sports and activities such as skiing, skating, and sledding.

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