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  • Snow in Winter, Russia
    Snow in Winter, Russia
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  • Summer in St. Petersburg, Russia
    Summer in St. Petersburg, Russia
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  • Spring in St. Petersburg, Russa
    Spring in St. Petersburg, Russa
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    Weather on the Internet

    by sennaya Updated Mar 2, 2008

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    Spring in St. Petersburg, Russa
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    Favorite thing: St. Petersburg gets all four seasons, sometimes a bit unpredictably.
    The long days of white nights in June do not mean it will be always warm, carry a sweater and umbrella! It can rain most any time of year, though January and February are the coldest and there will be a glaze of ice on sidewalks.
    Beign by teh Finaldn gulf, the air can often be damp and chilly, beware of cold drafts, wear a scarf in Spring and Fall.
    BBC weather forecast in Celsius
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/5day.shtml?world=0057
    Weather Underground forecast in Celsius and Fahrenheit
    http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/26063.html
    CNN weather forecast
    http://weather.cnn.com/weather/forecast.jsp?locCode=ULLL&zipCode=489288383082
    Weather map in Russian
    http://www.rbc.ru/meteo_map.shtml
    Three day pagoda forecast in English and Russian
    http://pogoda.spb.ru/english/

    Fondest memory: Some animated seasons for fun
    Seasons
    http://www.sennaya.com/seasons/

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    Climate

    by Santini738 Written Dec 31, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Saint Petersburg experiences a humid continental climate of the cool summer subtype, due to the distinct moderating influence of the Baltic Sea cyclones. Summers are typically cool, humid and quite short, while winters are long, cold, but with frequent warm spells. The average daily temperature in July is 22 °C (72 °F), summer maximum is about 34 °C (94 °F), winter minimum is about -27 °C (-17 °F), the record low temperature is -35.9 °C (-33 °F), recorded in 1883. The average wholeyear temperature is +4 °C (39 °F). The River Neva within the city limits usually freezes up in November-December, break-up occurs in April. From December to March there are 123 days average with snow cover, which reaches the average of 24 cm (9.5 in) by February. The frost-free period in the city lasts on average for about 135 days. The city has a climate slightly warmer than its suburbs. Weather conditions are quite variable all year round.

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    White Nights

    by divandrea Written Mar 9, 2006

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    White Night over the roofs of St. Petersburg
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    Favorite thing: St. Petersburg can be really depressing: if you get there in November, there is no real daylight, lots of fog, it's cold - not really the wheather for a trip. So if you're flexible on your travelling dates, get to Russia druing White Nights in June/July. There is no real darkness. So as a tourist it gives you long hours to really get to know St. Petersburg. You can even do some sightseeing at 11 p.m. Plus: the light for taking pictures is just stunning in the evening.

    Fondest memory: See my intro to St. Petersburg about the bridges rising at night. That's just awsome. And don't miss climbing St. Isaac's Cathedral at night. We went up there at about 1 a.m. You have a wonderful view of the City, the lights and it still looks as if the sun was just setting.

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    • Castles and Palaces
    • Architecture

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    White Nights

    by divandrea Written Mar 9, 2006

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    White Night over the roofs of St. Petersburg
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    Favorite thing: St. Petersburg can be really depressing: if you get there in November, there is no real daylight, lots of fog, it's cold - not really the wheather for a trip. So if you're flexible on your travelling dates, get to Russia druing White Nights in June/July. There is no real darkness. So as a tourist it gives you long hours to really get to know St. Petersburg. You can even do some sightseeing at 11 p.m. Plus: the light for taking pictures is just stunning in the evening.

    Fondest memory: See my intro to St. Petersburg about the bridges rising at night. That's just awsome. And don't miss climbing St. Isaac's Cathedral at night. We went up there at about 1 a.m. You have a wonderful view of the City, the lights and it still looks as if the sun was just setting.

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    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

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  • White Nights

    by peach93 Updated Oct 13, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The City of St. Petersburg is located at roughly the same lattitude as southern Alaska, something which I never realized. Because of this, during the summer months it never gets completely dark there. I was amazed the first night I spent in St. Petersburg when I woke up at 1 AM and the sky was bright with streaks of pink and gold. It was beautiful. The people of St. Petersburg refer to these bright summer nights as the "White Nights" because in the middle of the night everything takes on an almost lunar, white glow. The locals consider these summer nights to be very romantic and you can often find lovers roaming the streets at 3AM or people sitting in cafes (which are open all night in the summer) until the wee hours.

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    Summer and Winter are like day and night......

    by sswagner Written Jan 3, 2005

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    Rostral Column

    Favorite thing: This visually appealling city is most likely to be visited by tourists in the summer. The "White Nights" take place in the summertime. Literally, there is very little night since you are at such a high latitude. It will be light out at 10PM as well as long before you wake up in the morning. Therefore, make sure you have thick curtains in your hotel or a way of blocking the light from coming in.

    Conversely, if you visit in the winter, it is going to be cold and dark. The nights will be much longer then, and daylight will be scarce. However, I believe that the wintertime would have its own beauty here. Also, you can expect to visit the major sites minus the crowds. Just make sure you are well dressed for it. This is the same Russian winter that helped stop the advance of the French and German armies into this land.

    Fondest memory: I really enjoyed everything about this place. It produced quite a few pleasant memories. Obviously, getting engaged at Peterhof was the single most important memory of this place.

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    White Nights

    by travelingdanna Written Dec 27, 2004

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    around 11 PM in early July, I think

    Favorite thing: Because the city is so far north, St. Petersburg has a unique characteristic which it shares with other northern cities such as Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo... making it not so unique after all. But Petersburgians like to claim the "White Nights" or Belii Nochi of early summer for their city. It is wonderful to walk around in the late evening, around 10-11 PM or even later on the longest days, because the sunset lasts for hours and it is really beautiful. Just remember to get some sleep!

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    Russian Winter

    by aliante1981 Written Jan 21, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Not my special favourite, but…

    Actually, I might just as well say that I am not a particular fan of real Russian winter with -20 or -30 degrees Celsius. My choice is clearly in favour of what is a European winter, with -5 minimum. We get a lot of such days here in Russia, too, now, as the climate gets warmer. However, one can still count on a week or two of real winter, with everything covered in snow and bitter cold. The only plus side is that the views are quite fascinating!

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