Irkutsk, Russia: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Irkutsk, Russia? If you're planning to go to Irkutsk, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Irkutsk, Russia

Based on the climate and weather in Irkutsk, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Irkutsk, Russia by month

January

If you go to Irkutsk in January, you will notice that it can be bitter cold and very snowy. Expect it to snow about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Ski jacket
  • If you plan to ski, other ski equipment
  • Thick pajamas
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Insulated boots
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Coveralls
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • High performance gloves
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Neck gaiter
  • Snow boots

February

February in Irkutsk is biting cold and somewhat snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits below 0 F (10+ below zero C).

It snows about half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thermal undergarments
  • If you plan to ski, other ski equipment
  • Snow boots
  • Neck gaiter
  • Coveralls
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Insulated boots
  • Ski jacket
  • High performance gloves
  • Thick pajamas
  • Multiple layer jacket shell

March

If you go to Irkutsk in March, you will notice that it is frosty and somewhat snowy. Expect it to snow a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thick pajamas
  • Coveralls
  • Insulated boots
  • Thermal undergarments
  • High performance gloves
  • Snow boots
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • If you plan to ski, other ski equipment
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Ski jacket
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Neck gaiter

April

April in Irkutsk can be brisk and somewhat snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain regularly.

It also snows a bit less than half of the time. With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 50% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Heavy jacket
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Heavy socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Sweaters
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella

May

If you vacation in Irkutsk during May, you are likely to find that it can be chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof footwear

June

June in Irkutsk is mild and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about half of the time. With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 50% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Rain boots
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat

July

July in Irkutsk is warm and very rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Rain boots
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear

August

If you are traveling to Irkutsk in August, you will notice that it is mild and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Rain boots
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts

September

In September, Irkutsk is crisp and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) and about half of the time jump into the low 60s F (mid 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Irkutsk, with several of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof footwear

October

October in Irkutsk is cold and somewhat snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain 5-10 days this month.

It also snows a bit less than half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sweaters
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Heavy jacket
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy socks

November

November in this region is biting cold and very snowy. Temperatures average in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day. It snows about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Scarf
  • Very heavy socks
  • Fleeces
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Gloves
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • If you plan to ski, other ski equipment
  • Insulated boots
  • Snow boots
  • Ski jacket
  • Sweaters

December

December here is unbearably cold and very snowy. Temperatures average in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C) during the day. It snows most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Thick pajamas
  • Neck gaiter
  • Ski jacket
  • High performance gloves
  • Insulated boots
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Snow boots
  • Coveralls
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • If you plan to ski, other ski equipment

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Irkutsk, Russia

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Irkutsk, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in Irkutsk
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you plan to visit a synagogue, take appropriate clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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