The climate of Ukraine can be described as dry and continental influenced climate with warm, dry summers and moderate winters. It is believed that Ukraine has the coldest winters, everything gets covered in snow and people can barely go outside for a walk. Well, it probably was like that but a few decades ago. If you were to ask a Ukrainian of an age 35+, what was the winter like in his childhood? He would reply: very snowy, cold and fun. Unfortunately, winters are not the same anymore in Ukraine because the climate change and global warming are real. Believe it or not, the climate is changing all around the world and Ukraine is not an exception. Most of the scientists claim that global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted and trees are flowering sooner. Anyways, Ukrainians like such weather changes, as winters become not as cold as they used to be, thus more enjoyable.
January is considered to be the coldest month with daytime temperatures usually around 0°C, but in some cases, winter months can be quite colder with temperatures below zero, about -10°C. Snowfall is so rare. Ukrainians always dream about snow when it is Christmas time but in most cases, it doesn’t happen. Anyways, traveling to Ukraine during the winter season can be as exciting as, for example, traveling to some West European capital. If you travel to L’viv, which is actually beautiful at any time of the year, you’ll get to the fairy-tale. Just imagine big Christmas markets, the smell of mulled wine and the taste of dark L’viv chocolate that is famous all over Ukraine and beyond! Most of the travelers are already aware of the climate change and that the climate of Ukraine obviously differs from the Russia’s. There is a stereotype that winters in Ukraine are as severe as in Russia but the truth is that Russia’s climate is much more severe due to its geographical location.
There are more than 290 sunny days in the year. Not mentioning Odessa. Since Odessa region is drawn out along the meridian, the climate in the narrow – 30-40 km. – stretch along the coast is practically ideal, with the soft tang of the sea mixing with the dry climate of the steppe further inland. The city typically experiences dry, moderate winters. The temperatures rarely get below 0. Snow cover is often light or moderate, and municipal services rarely experience the same problems that can often be found in other, more northern, Ukrainian cities. This is largely because of coastal location of Odessa that prevents significant snowfall. Additionally, the city does not suffer from the phenomenon of river-freezing. Just look how beautiful the sea in winter is.