Temperature in Russia: Fahrenheit vs. Celsius
July, 1/2016

Temperature in Russia

Russia is a country of contrasts, especially if we talk about its climate and temperatures. When planning a trip to Russia, it is highly essential to choose the right season to come. Talking about temperatures, it is useful to know that Russians measurements are in Celsius (metric system). For people from Fahrenheit-oriented countries this type of measurement can be challenging. How to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius and back?

To understand temperatures in Russia you have to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius:

  1. Start Googling
  2. Count it with the formula °F= °C × 9/5 + 32
  3. Just have a look at the table below
Celsius Fahrenheit
Water boils 100° 212°
Normal body temperature 37° 98,6°
Hottest summer (July) in St.Petersburg 35° 95°
Average summer in St. Petersburg 21° 69,8
Coldest summer (July) registered 41°
Water freezes 32°
Average winter in St. Petersburg -19° -2,2°
Famous Siberian winters (average) -50° -58°
Lowest temperature registered in Ojmjakon (town in Siberia) -70° -94°

Many foreigners who have never been here have an established opinion that Russia is a country of eternal frosts and streets covered Welcome to Russiawith snow (where Russian bears like to go for a walk and drink vodka). Among other stereotypes about Russian cold winters are probably the most truthful: we do have low temperatures in the winter time and as you may see from the table the coldest town in the world is located right in the East of the country – it’s Ojmyakon (with  its -70°C/-94°F). However, due to its huge size, the Russian territory includes many climatic zones – not only extremely cold ones. Temperatures in Russia are very diverse. Surprisingly, Russia has a number of great sea resorts like Sochi, Gelendzhik, Anapa located in the southeast (Russian coastline of the Black sea). The summer temperatures here go up to +40°C/ +104°F!

When traveling to Russia you will most probably have St. Petersburg in your wish-list. Here the summers are quite mild and comfortable. Many people tend to come to St. Petersburg during this season. However, there is a number of enjoyable winter activities as well, that can make your Russian experience even more special. In our articles Summer vs. Winter you will find  an overview of the most popular summer and winter activities in St. Petersburg.

Hello Russia Tours is always welcome to give you an advice about the best time to visit Russia.

Puzzling Russia: Metric system
June, 30/2016

How to understand metric system? – Easy!

It’s not a secret that all measurements in Russia are done in the metric system. Do you find all those meters, centimeters, liters and kilograms confusing? They are actually not that terrible as they look like.

Distance & length in Russia: metric system

Anyone who has already visited Russia will confirm that traveling to St. Petersburg or Moscow is both exciting and adventurous. The sole challenge that travellers from the U.S. may face in Russia is metric system – a completely different set of units to determine mass, length, height, etc. A 5’9’’ person from NYC is 1.75 m in Moscow, and the temperature of the traditional Russian tea (tchai) in St. Petersburg is going to be 95C, not 203F. While this all may sound confusing, there is number of fairly simple rules to remember these differences.

With length, remember three units: centimetres (for small things, like your iPhone 6S, which is 14 cm long and almost 7 cm wide), meters (for bigger lengths and distances, as in, an average person in Europe is 1 meter 77 centimetres high; or, a road is 10 meters wide) and kilometres (for long distances in metric system. For example, St. Petersburg and Peterhof are 37 kilometres away from each other.). Roughly, they relate to your typical units in the following way: there are 2.5 centimetres in 1 inch, 1 meter is slightly longer than 3 feet, and running a mile is easier than a kilometre (meaning, 3 kilometres almost equal 2 miles).

Helpful metric conversion

Good thing about temperature, you will only need to remember a few examples to get the Fahrenheit–Celsius correlation:Metric system

  • 32F is 0C – temperature of ice or St. Petersburg in the end of December.
  • 16C (60.8F) is definitely a jacket weather in St. Petersburg, while you will probably be needing to reach for your coat at 10C (50F).
  • 27C (80.6F) or higher is a summer day no one in St. Petersburg would ever miss. Spend it, cruising around the St. Petersburg rivers and canals as a part of your private tour.
  • Your normal body temperature (97.88F) is 36.6C – seek medical attention if it goes higher.
  • Water boils at 100C (212F) – a knowledge, crucial for those who will try to cook pelmeni on their own.

Volume in metric system

Now, weight and volume. Average overseen weighs 180 pounds in the U.S., that is 81 kilograms in metric system. Your typical bottle of Stolichnaya vodka is 500 millilitre (ml), so two would add up to 1 litre (35 ounces, or 2 pounds). That’s about it.

While we’re confident your stay won’t be tainted by slight differences in units of measurements, it is always a good idea to keep this article in mind. Also, remember that your private tour guide in St. Petersburg will always be happy to help you figure out the exact number of shots for a fun weekend in the city.