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The climate of Ukraine: when to go to Ukraine

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Ukraine is a nation formed largely by vast plains where prevailing the continental climate. Only along the coast that faces towards the Black Sea, the climate is milder and looks like –  especially in the summer months – to that of the Mediterranean type.

Ukraine is a relatively arid region where fall between 400 mm and 600 mm of rain per year. The rains are mainly concentrated in the summer season. The wetter regions of the country are the western and northern ones. In the Carpathians, in some locations, rainfall will reach the 1,500 mm of precipitation per year. The snow generally falls between December and March and covers the ground for periods that vary between 1 month and 4 months.

Summer temperatures are relatively high: in Crimea in the summer temperatures can reach average maximum temperatures of 28 ° C. In the northern regions of the country the summer temperatures are slightly lower, reaching, in Kiev, an average maximum temperatures of 24 ° C in the hottest months of July and August. Summers are hot and humid throughout Ukraine.

The winters are very cold throughout the country, but along the Black Sea coast are relatively mild. In winter, temperatures remain below freezing for long periods. Much of Ukraine has averaged between 40 and 80 days of frost per year. In the capital Kiev the average maximum temperatures remain below freezing between December and February, while the average minimum temperatures are below freezing between November and March. The coldest month of the year in Kiev is January with an average minimum temperature of -8 ° C.

The sea water temperatures in Ukraine reaches the highest values between June and August, when the water of the Black Sea reaches temperatures of 22 ° C.


The best time for a trip to Ukraine are the hottest months ranging from May to September.


KIEV (179 meters)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days (snowy days)
January -5,8 -0,9 36  8 (17)
February -5,7 0,0 39  7 (17)
March -1,4 5,6 37  9 (10)
April 5,1 14,0 46  13 (2)
May 10,8 20,7 57  14 (0,2)
June 14,2 23,5 82  15
July 16,1 25,6 71  14
August 15,2 24,9 60  11
September 10,2 19,0 57  14
October 4,9 12,5 41  12 (2)
November 0,0 4,9 50  12 (9)
December -4,6 0,0 45  9 (16)
YEAR 4,9 12,5 621  138 (73)
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 4
February 5
March 6
April 9
May 15
June 20
July 23
August 24
September 20
October 16
November 12
December 8



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