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Climate / Water / Electricity

Water
Electricity

Climate


Water
Odessa is the only city in the world that at one time offered water rationing cards, during World War Two.
Today, water is still in short supply in Odessa. Water is usually shut off at around 12 am and turned back on at around 6 am. Water cuts are common, sometimes for days, but usually for just a couple of hours.

Hot water
During the Soviet Union, all water was heated by the city and pumped to individual homes. Huge above ground water pipes, with old, frayed insulation can still be seen throughout the suburbs. Hot water is also still used to heat homes and businesses. Individual businesses and homes had no control of how hot or how cold the heat provided by the city. This system tended to be incredibly inefficient and wasteful. Many homes have tiny windows that residents would open in the winter to let out the excess heat.

Unless restaurants and hotels have there own water heater, no hot water is usually available. Public hot water is usually only turned on from October-November and is shut off in March-April. Some areas of the city never get hot water.


Electricity
The electric current is 220V and sockets take two prong plugs. A travel converter is essential, especially with appliances from North America, as the current will immediately blow out a North American appliance.

Power outages are common. It is Recommended to bring a flash-light.


Climate
Because Odessa is near the Black Sea, the heat of the summer is reduced. Temperatures tend to be several degrees higher than the rest of Ukraine. Winters tend to be mild with little snow.

The average temperature in Odessa is 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit). January is the coldest month, with the average temperature being -2 degrees Celsius (30 degrees Fahrenheit). July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 22 degrees Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit).

There are more than 300 sunny days every year, with very little annual precipitation.

The night and day temperatures rarely fluctuate more than 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit).

Sea Temperature
The average temperature of the sea is 10 degrees Celsius. In the summer the sea's average temperature is 20-23 degrees (68-73 degrees Fahrenheit). Swimming conditions are best from late May to mid-September. Often there are one to three days a month when the water is unpleasant because northern winds push the warmer water out to sea and the colder waters rise from the bottom. When the sea waters warm up they discharge large quantities of oxygen making the air pleasant and fresh.

Click here for temperature converstions.

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