Seasons in Odessa

Odessa is main port city of Ukraine. It is situated on coast of the Gulf of Odessa that is part of the Black Sea. Relief of the city is mostly plain with slopes towards the sea and surrounding limans. Climate of the city is considered as humid continental but it is modified by influence of the Black Sea and surrounding bodies of water.

Winters in the city are usually drier and milder than in majority of Ukrainian localities. Snow occurs, but snow cover is light and doesn’t last for long. Summers in their turn are warm and occasional hot when temperature reach low 30s by Celsius (high 80s by Fahrenheit). Also, summer is the rainiest season in the city.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Odessa

Except March spring in Odessa is rather warm. First spring month has daily averages of 0-6 °C (32-43 °F) and night frosts are common. Actual warmth usually comes to the city by Easter and Odessa turns into blooming and fragrant marine resort. The city looks lovely in colorful dress of blooming apricot trees, gentle tulips, jacinth and vivid lilacs.

Peak of bursting bloom is in May when chestnut trees start to throw magnificent candles of their flowers. In late May temperature may reach 22 °C (71 °F), but evenings are still cool with around 12 °C (53 °F). Occasional rains are short and refreshing.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: +5 °C (42 °F)
Min average t°: 0 °C (32 °F)
Water t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 24 mm (0.9")
April
Max average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Min average t°: +6 °C (43 °F)
Water t°: +9 °C (48 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 21 mm (0.8")
May
Max average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (53 °F)
Water t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 29 mm (1.2")

Spring Holidays

March-April – Easer Celebrations.
March – Festival of Theatric Premiers.
March 8 – Women’s Day.

April – “Two Days and Two Nights of New Music” festival, Odessa Photo Days, BookFest, Global Jazz Day.
April 1 – April Fool’s Day and Humorina Festival.

May – Carnival of Body-Art, Museum Night, International festival of medieval culture “Powder Tower”.
Second Sunday of May – Mother’s Day.
May 1 – Labor Day.
May-June – “Kirche” festival of organ music.

Summer in Odessa

Summer in Odessa is hot and quite long. At heist of the season temperature may hit mark of 32 °C (89 °F). Shady branches of sycamores and sea breezes provide relief of such heat. And of course one can wait out hottest hours of a day in warm water of the Black Sea or in conditioned rooms of numerous hotels, hostels of guest houses. Evenings and nights are traditionally cool. Through the season night time temperature varies from 16 °C (61 °F) to 18 °C (64 °F). The sea is warm throughout summer with temperature of 22-23 °C (71-73 °F).


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +23.5 °C (71 °F)
Min average t°: +16 °C (52 °F)
Water t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 42 mm (1.7")
July
Max average t°: +26 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +18 °C (55 °F)
Water t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 25 mm (1.0")
August
Max average t°: +25.5 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +17 °C (53 °F)
Water t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 18 mm (0.7")

Summer Holidays

June – “Goblin” bike-show, Odessa Classic, Borjomi Fest, Silent Nights.
June 1 – International Day of Protection of Children.
June 28 – Constitution Day.

July – Odessa International Film Festival, Green Wave Book Fair.
July 7 – Kupala Night.

August – Koktebel Jazz Fest, Festival of Vyshyvanka, Festival of Ideas, Seasky Salsa Fest.
August 24 – Independence Day.
August-September – “Province by the sea” festival of arts.

Autumn in Odessa

First half of autumn is warm and sunny in Odessa. September is velvet season with daily range of temperatures between 13 °C (55 °F) and 21 °C (70 °F), sea is as warm as 20 °C (68 °F) and precipitation is moderate. October brings significant drop of temperature. Both air and sea cool down to 15 °C (59 °F) and 16 °C (61 °F) respectively.

By November trees throw off all foliage, rains become drizzly and more frequent. Approaching winter takes warmth from air. Temperature at afternoons of last month of November never crawls higher than 9 °C (48 °F). Temperature of the sea doesn’t matter in November because it becomes too cold for swimming in October.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +13 °C (70 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (56 °F)
Water t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 26 mm (1.0")
October
Max average t°: +8 °C (58 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (46 °F)
Water t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 30 mm (1.2")
November
Max average t°: +3 °C (47 °F)
Min average t°: 0 °C (37 °F)
Water t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 25 mm (1.0")

Autumn Holidays

September – Odessa Jazz Fest, KVN festival “Pearl by the Sea”, Odessa Light Festival, International Festival of Violinists.
September 2 – Odessa’s Day.

October 14 – Day of Defenders.

Winter in Odessa

Winter in Odessa is mildly cold and damp. Average daytime temperature shifts between 1 °C (34 °F) and 4 °C (39 °F). At night air may cool below freezing and cause ice crusted ground, but temperature rarely goes below -10 °C (14 °F). Occasionally some snow fall only to melt in couple of days and left slush. Rains are more frequent than snow. Precipitation causes growth of relative air humidity and air temperatures seem colder than reading of thermometers. Cold and humid air in combination with wind creates uncomfortable weather.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: +4 °C (33 °F)
Min average t°: -1 °C (25 °F)
Water t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 26 mm (1.0")
January
Max average t°: +1 °C (30 °F)
Min average t°: -4 °C (21 °F)
Water t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 42 mm (1.7")
February
Max average t°: +2 °C (32 °F)
Min average t°: -3 °C (24 °F)
Water t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4.5 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 23 mm (0.9")

Winter Holidays

December 31 – January 1 – New Year Celebration.
December 19 – St Nicholas’ Day.
December 25 – Catholic Christmas.

January 7 – Orthodox Chtistmas.
January 14 – Old-Style New Year.
January 19 – Epiphany.

February 14 – St Valentine’s Day


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