Climate and monthly weather forecast

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The climate of Austria

Austria has a mainly continental climate, with warm, wet summers and cold, dry winters. A humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) dominates the northern and eastern regions. Significant portions of the north-central, central, southern, and western regions have an oceanic climate (Köppen Cfb). A predominantly alpine climate (Köppen Dfc, Köppen EF, Köppen ET) is evident in the mountainous region of the Alps. Austria is a landlocked country in south-central Europe. Hungary lies in the east, Slovenia and Italy in the south and Switzerland and Liechtenstein in the west of Austria. Germany in the northwest, the Czech Republic in the north, and Slovakia in the northeast complete the remaining borders. The Alps, the Atlantic pressure systems from the northwest, and the Mediterranean pressure systems from the south, chiefly influence the climate.

Austria is a mountainous country that lies between 46°N and 49°N in central Europe. The Eastern Alps is the largest region that comprises 62% of Austria's total area. The foothills at the base of the Alps and those engulfing the Pannonian plains account for another 24%. The Austrian granite plateau in the north, home to a large mountain area, occupies 10% of the land. The Vienna basin completes the remaining 4% of Austria. The Danube, the largest river at 1786 miles, flows from west to east into the Black Sea. Lake Constance is the largest lake with an area of 220 square miles. The Grossglockner is the highest mountain in Austria at 3798 meters above sea level. Lake Neusiedl is the lowest point in Austria at 115 meters above the Adriatic Sea.

The best time to visit Austria

The best time to visit Austria is May in the late spring season, June in the summer, and September in the early autumn. The temperatures are mild, and the precipitation is moderate at best, with pleasant breezes and fewer crowds. Summer sees high temperatures and much of the annual precipitation in Austria. The peak tourist season attracts crowds between June and August, which is also the best time to visit the mountains. Ski holidays are also possible in May when the temperatures are mild, but there is ample snow on the ground. September has beautiful colors, and the ample sunshine keeps the winter cold away.

The worst time to visit Austria

The worst time to visit Austria is in the severely cold winter season from December to February. Nights frequently drop below the freezing mark in the plains and are severe at high altitudes. Mountains see snow on the ground for months together. Ice storms are frequent, and the gusty winds exacerbate the cold. Winter has little remain but ample snow. The skies are dark, and the weak sunshine hardly lasts for more than 3 hours a day. February has moderate sunshine and fair weather for a ski holiday in the winter.

Weather in January

January is known as the coldest month in Austria, with the chill setting in quite profoundly. The Alpine regions experience the harshest conditions, with temperatures plummeting below -17.8°C (-0°F). Even in the valleys and plains, average low temperatures are often below freezing. The capital city, Vienna, located in the eastern part of the country, experiences relatively milder winter temperatures than the Alpine regions. Weather in January »

Weather in February

February continues the winter season in Austria with slightly milder weather than the intense cold of January. While temperatures remain low, the frigid conditions of the previous month start to lessen. In the Alpine regions, February experiences somewhat higher temperatures than in January, though they can still fall below -10°C (14°F). Vienna, Austria's capital in the eastern part of the country, experiences a slight improvement in weather conditions during February. Weather in February »

Weather in March

The arrival of March in Austria signals the advent of spring, as the country transitions from its cold, snowy winter. The temperature begins to rise, although the weather can still be chilly, particularly in the Alpine regions. In these mountainous areas, temperatures may still drop below freezing but are typically milder than the frigid conditions of January and February. In Vienna, located in the eastern region of the country, the weather shows signs of improvement. Weather in March »

Weather in April

April in Austria brings more pronounced spring conditions as the temperatures continue to rise and the last vestiges of winter snowfall start to melt away. In the Alpine regions, although temperatures remain somewhat cooler, the thawing process begins to take place more noticeably. In the eastern city of Vienna, the average temperatures during April range from a low of 6°C (42.8°F) to a high of 16°C (60.8°F). Weather in April »

Weather in May

May signifies the full bloom of spring in Austria, characterized by milder temperatures, a further reduction in snowfall, and an increase in hours of daylight. The contrast with the cold winter months becomes quite pronounced, making May an appealing month for visitors. Vienna, located in the eastern region of Austria, typically sees average low temperatures of 11°C (51.8°F) and average high temperatures of 21°C (69.8°F) in May. Weather in May »

Weather in June

June in Austria heralds the onset of summer, offering warm weather, extended daylight, and an increase in precipitation. The changes in weather conditions provide a welcoming atmosphere for outdoor activities, especially in the stunning countryside and vibrant cities. In Vienna, situated in the eastern part of Austria, the temperatures during June range from a comfortable 15°C (59°F) to a warm 25°C (77°F). Weather in June »

Weather in July

July in Austria represents the height of summer, characterized by hot weather, extensive daylight, and high precipitation. The vibrant greenery and pleasant weather conditions make July an excellent month for outdoor exploration and activities. In the eastern city of Vienna, temperatures during July typically range from 17°C (62.6°F) to 27°C (80.6°F). Weather in July »

Weather in August

August in Austria signifies the end of peak summer, marked by slightly reduced temperatures, decreasing daylight, and gradual tapering of rainfall. Despite the subtle changes, the warm weather, lush green landscapes, and abundant sunshine still create an inviting atmosphere for travelers and locals. In Vienna, situated in the eastern region of Austria, the temperatures in August usually range between 16°C (60.8°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). Weather in August »

Weather in September

September in Austria denotes the commencement of the autumn season. The transition from summer is visible in the gradual cooling of the temperature, reducing daylight hours, and less frequent rainfall, setting a picturesque scene of vibrant foliage and more manageable temperatures for locals and visitors alike. In the eastern city of Vienna, September temperatures range between 12°C (53.6°F) and 21°C (69.8°F), while in Linz, in the northern region, they hover from 11°C (51.8°F) to 21°C (69.8°F). Weather in September »

Weather in October

October in Austria marks the full swing of the autumn season, characterized by falling temperatures, diminishing daylight, and intermittent rainfall, punctuated by the continuing spectacle of vibrant autumn colors across the country. The city of Vienna, in Austria's eastern region, experiences temperatures between 8°C (46.4°F) and 15°C (59°F) in October, reflecting a steady decline in temperatures as autumn progresses. Weather in October »

Weather in November

November in Austria signifies the ending phase of autumn, with a distinct transition towards winter. The month is characterized by cooler temperatures, reduced daylight, increased cloud cover, and sporadic snowfall in higher altitudes, marking a stark shift from the vibrant colors of autumn to the more subdued tones of the approaching winter. Vienna, located in Austria's eastern region, experiences November temperatures ranging from 3°C (37.4°F) to 8°C (46.4°F). Weather in November »

Weather in December

December in Austria heralds the official start of winter. It is a month defined by increasingly cold temperatures, shortened daylight hours, more frequent snowfall, and overall, a landscape that is predominantly white. In the eastern city of Vienna, temperatures in December range from -1°C (30.2°F) to 3°C (37.4°F), underscoring the sharp decrease in warmth. Weather in December »


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