I'll be travelling to Moscow and Saint Petersburg in July. While searching homes, I noticed that most homes do not have air conditioning. How livable is it in these cities without A/C?

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    people live....
    – Neusser
    May 8, 2018 at 12:58
  • But you won't notice homes without central heating!
    – alamar
    May 8, 2018 at 14:43

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People used to live in the tropics and subtropics without air conditioning - and indeed, many still do - so it's livable. It's all about what you can tolerate.

Also, where you normally live is going to affect the answer. From Miami or Bangkok? A hot day in St. Petersburg is going to seem fine. From Tuktoyaktuk? Maybe it will be pretty intolerable.

St. Petersburg's record high temperature - of all time - is only 37.1 degrees (98.8 F) and Moscow's, 38.2 degrees (100.8 F). Moscow's normal July high - the hottest month - is 24.3 (75.7) and St. Petersburg's, 23.0 (73.4) - so in normal weather, air conditioning will not be required. During a heat wave, yes, you'll probably want it but you'll probably find such times are brief and reasonably uncommon. (All these statistics are from Wikipedia's climate section of the respective city pages.)

If you find that you can't tolerate such temperatures, travel during the shoulder season. By early September (which is still summertime, astronomically), daytime highs have cooled to an average of the mid-teens (high 50s/low 60s F) and the heat waves should be much rarer indeed.

  • I imagine that 2010 heat wave actually bumped 38.2 record high to early 40s. Still, if there's no heat wave, one should be fine.
    – alamar
    May 8, 2018 at 13:31
  • @alamar No, that includes 2010. One station in Moscow reported 39.0 on the day that Moscow Domodedovo hit 38.2, the record indicated above. May 8, 2018 at 14:34
  • Don't forget that the temperatures doesn't fall much during 'night'. This makes them especially hard to cope with.
    – user45851
    May 9, 2018 at 9:07
  • @9ilsdx9rvj0lo it drops about 10 degrees at night (18F) - average July low 14.4 (57.9 F). In a heat wave it may only drop to the low 20s, and might be sticky for a few days, but these periods should be brief and rare. If unacceptable to a visitor, I suggest May or September. May 9, 2018 at 15:35

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