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Kamchatka Krai, Russia, 683031
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Kamchatka's climate


Typical for Kamchatka’s climate weather, various and unstable, depends on relief, geographical location, influence by the Pacific ocean and surrounding seas, and moving of air masses.

The shores of Kamchatka have some features of marine climate. In central and northern regions climate is more continental.

Fogs, frequent and strong winds, snowstorms, rains are typical for the Krai, especially for sea coast. Number of foggy days varies from 70 to 115 on the coast, to 30-49 in central part of the peninsula. And 80% of foggy days on the coast appear in summer. In the Central Kamchatka Lowland most of foggy days are in cold period.

Average annual wind speeds on the territory of the Oblast vary from 1 m/s in the Kamchatka river valley to 10 m/s on capes of the eastern coast. Quite often speeds of wind on the coast may reach 30-40 m/s. In many regions average monthly wind speeds are 4-8 m/s. the cold time of the year is the most windy.

Cyclonic activity significantly influences climate. In the cold time of year the way of cyclones lies in the southern-eastern coast of the peninsula and they bring there warm and damp air from Yellow and Japan Seas. Cyclones cause long-lasting snowfalls, snowstorms, and heavy winds. Simultaneously temperature rises for 6-10 degrees Celsius (40-50 degrees Fahrenheit).


Winter. Snow on mountain tops is a forerunner of winter. Зима на КамчаткеA white mantle of snow gradually gets lower and lower to mountain foot and finally winter comes into it’s own. Snow falls early and almost immediately a stable snow cover is formed. This season lasts about five months almost in the whole peninsula, and it can last up to seven months in the Extreme North. Comparing to winter in central regions of the Russian Far East, Kamchatkan winter is slightly milder. In cold time of the year northern winds blow on the coasts, in central regions – up the valley.

The temperature regime in different parts of Kamchatka is not the same. Average air temperature in this season is minus 20-30C (minus 4 – minus 20F) on the north and about 6 (20F) on the south.

January is the coldest month in the Kamchatka river valley; February - on coasts.

Kamchatkan winter is rather snowy and is notable with snowstorms. At the foothills snow is almost 2.5 meters (8 feet) deep. It is often blown away into sea by wind, leaving bare soil, in the coastal areas, mountains, and tongues of sand. In many regions the snow layer stays almost six months.

It is less dull in winter. Thaws are frequent and sometimes they happen during blizzards. Thaws occur on the whole peninsula. At times, in January or February, air temperature rises up to 3-5C (35-40F). Then frosts come again.

Весна на Камчатке

Spring is late, cold, and short. Spring comes in April; in northern regions of the Oblast in May and lasts about two months. It is notable by unstable weather and frequent frosts. Return of frosts features it. At this season gardens are blooming in Ukraine but in Kamchatka blizzards may be still raging.

Spring is influenced by seas surrounding Kamchatka. Ices in off-shores of Okhotsk and Bering Seas stay in May and they may survive in June in some gulfs and bays. In this time it is cold on the coast and only in early June air temperature rises up to 5C (40F). Spring is warmer in the central part of the peninsula.

Summer is shorter than winter and is notable by dull and rainy weather. In some regions it lasts about two months, especiallyЛето на Камчатке in northern mainland part of the Oblast and in mountains. The longest summer – from 4 to 5 months – is on the south of the peninsula.

In summer southern winds blow on the coast. Fogs are frequent. Milky shroud wraps coasts and islands. In warm time of the year most of foggy days happen: from 10 to 40 in central regions, slightly more in eastern and western coasts. A special place is Cape Lopatka with more than 100 foggy days in warm time.

Average temperatures in many regions do not go higher than 10C (50F). There are a few hot days. There is no more than a week of total days with air temperature more than 20C (70F) for a short time on the coast. In regions far from the sea number of such days increases dramatically. In the Kamchatka river valley – from 35 to 55; in northern part of the Krai – from 20 to 30. The highest temperatures were registered in the Kamchatka river valley - 37C (99F). August is the warmest month on the coasts; July - in central part of the peninsula.

Warm days take turns with rainy days. In warm time precipitations are more than in cold one. Storm clouds are rarely formed since there are not so many hot days in Kamchatka. With high air humidity there is lack of warmth for storm clouds forming. Every year 2-3 thunderstorms occur in central regions only, in other regions they happen just one time in several years. The thunderstorms are very rare in winter but one can witness them on Bering Island and on the coasts.

Осень на Камчатке

Fall - is the best season in Kamchatka. It starts in August in the north and in October in the south. Return of warms features it. Quiet sunny weather establishes for a short time. In the Kamchatka river valley and in northern regions the daily average air temperature reaches 8-10C (45-50F); on the coasts - 5-7C (40-45F) and in some days it can reach up to 15-20C (60-70F). In such days bright blue of the sky, transparent air, woods, and mountains painted in various colors add Kamchatkan fall some unique charm. But day after day temperature falls. Within two months it gets to the freezing point.

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