Whether snow, or heat, or rain pouring ...

Photo by Marina Kuklina
Photo by Marina Kuklina

That year the autumn weather

It was a long time in the yard,

Nature waited, waited for the winter,

But snow fell only in January ...

A.S. Pushkin                                                                                                                 

Russia is the largest country in the world, it covers an area of ​​17,125,191 km ². The southernmost point of our country is located south-west of Bazarduziu Mountain in the eastern part of the Main Range of the Greater Caucasus, the most northerly - on Cape Chelyuskin in the Krasnoyarsk Territory. When in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky celebrate the New Year, Moscow still only buys ingredients for salad olivier.

That's the weather for the New Year differs from the city to the city. So, if last year in Sochi (Krasnodar Krai) there was +14 degrees on December 31, then in Pevek (Chukotka Autonomous District) the temperature dropped to -20, which, by local standards, is not so much - it happens and - 30, and -40, and even -50.

But the metropolitan weather for the New Year is not always snowy and frosty: this is evidenced by the poem that became the epigraph to this text, and the weather forecasters. Thus, on December 31, 1925, there was warmer in the capital to +5 degrees. In 1973, the temperature also rose above +4.


Photo by Mikhail Mestnikov
Photo by Mikhail Mestnikov

In the past 20 years, the thermometer in Moscow for the New Year, as a rule, had been keeping at around 0, there were almost no real cold. Very often the holidays were warm. According to Gismeteo, in 2003, 2011, 2013 the daily values turned out to be positive, ranging from +1 to +3. Only in 2002 the day temperature fell below 10 degrees - outside the window it was -18.

The coldest New Year of the twentieth century in Moscow was recorded at the turn of 1978-1979, when on December 31 the temperature dropped to -38 degrees. The capital has not seen such frosts for the New Year since then.

Residents of the Northern capital often see the New Year not with snow, but with rain. For example, over the past five years on December 31, the temperature in St. Petersburg could rise to +5 and did not fall below -4.


Oymyakon. Photo by Mikhail Mestnikov
Oymyakon. Photo by Mikhail Mestnikov

For extreme frosts in the New Year it is necessary to go to the village Oimyakon (Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)), which is considered to be the coldest point of the Northern Hemisphere. So, last year on December 31 there was -50.

We thank GISMETEO.RU for the information provided.