|So, it’s high time to visit Ukraine but before packing the luggage you should know some essential facts about the weather of this European country.
First of all it should be said that climate of Ukraine can be described as dry and continental with warm, dry summers and fairly severe winters. January is the coldest month with daytime temperatures usually around 0°C, but in some cases winter months can be quite colder with temperatures far below zero, about -20°C or lower. Heavy snowfall or even snowstorms are also possible on some days. There are more than 290 sunny days in the year.
As for summer season, daytime temperatures reach +25-30°C, but sometimes quite higher, +35°C or more, with summer months to enjoy dry weather with sunny spells most of the time. July is the warmest month with an average temperature of +24°C.
If you are planning a trip to Ukraine, you’d better come in May-September when days are warm and the nights are cool, the temperatures are ideal and the leaves are changing. Fall colors usually reach their peak around October 20-25 and are most picturesque in Crimea and the Carpathians. You can also pay a visit to this beautiful country in April-June – the time when everything is in bloom and the sun isn't too hot.
Autumn and winter are usually a little bit chilly and wet along the coastal areas of the Black Sea and dryer further inland.
Of course, it is up to you what to wear but it is recommended to choose light fabrics for summer and late spring, while heavyweight clothes are needed in winter and late autumn.
The climate in the southern regions and the Black sea coastal areas is more humid and warm, while the climate of inland territories is much colder and drier. However, the Crimean coast in the south has a Mediterranean climate. Rainfall is highest in the northwest of the country and particularly in the mountains, with rain occurring mainly in the form of thundershowers and the occasional downpour.
Annual precipitation ranges from a semi-arid 350 mm in parts of Crimea and the extreme south to over 1500 mm on high Carpathian slopes. At that, 90 percent of Ukraine receives between 450 and 700 mm a year, making it ideal for agriculture. Water temperatures at Black Sea beaches in summer months are between +18 and +24° C (64.4 - 75.2° F).
In general, the climate of Ukraine is continental, being subtropical only on the southern coast of the Crimea. Such a difference is caused by many factors: the latitude, relief, altitude and proximity to seas and oceans. Ukrainian climate is also characterized by its considerable fluctuation in weather conditions from year to year. Alongside very wet years there can be droughts, whose effect increases to the south and east. There are frequent oscillations in weather in the regions of the Crimean and Carpathian Mountains.
Apart from that, it is a well-known fact that the above-mentioned climatic features change from year to year and are not absolutely stable. Nevertheless, natural mineral sources, healing powers of Ukrainian air, especially near the Black Sea, unique positive influence of sea water and sun baths – all these contributed to the creation of numerous sea-side and mountain-resorts that are well-renowned around the world.