General Facts about Moscow
November 21, 2006 8:35pm CST
Moscow is the capital of Russian Federation. The city area is about 30 km in diameter and the population reaches to almost 10 million people. Moscow was founded by Yury Dolgoruky in 1147. Nowadays Moscow is the most important political and business center of Russia and has a true "Russian" feel. Some people even call it a "big village". In the center of European Russia, 8 hours by car or train from St. Petersburg, and 4 hours by plane from London Moscow is located in the middle of the continent, so the temperature is contintal, which means hot weather in Summer and cold weather in Winter. The hottest months are July and August, when the temperatures can reach +30-35 celcius. They are followed by mild September, which turns into Indian Summer - the last warm days of the year usually in the end of the month. October sees the Autumn starting and the temperatures can go down to Photo by Kirill Caplinsky zero by the end of the month. The first snow usually appears in the middle of November, but the most snowy months are January and February. February is also the coldest month, when the temperatures often go down to minus 15 celcius. March is when the Spring comes, and the temperatures rise back to zero and it becomes quite warm by the end of April only (10-15 celcius). The snow leaves some time in the end of March. The end of April sees an abrupt change to warm and sunny weather, and in the beginning of May it can already be +20. May is actually the most comfortable month, as there are not many rains and the temperature stays around +20.