Salzburg Weather

Salzburg Weather Overview:
Salzburg has an unusual climate due to localised weather conditions. The city is located in the lee of several small mountains and as such enjoys the benefits of foehn winds which can occasionally dramatically raise temperatures in winter and spring. Summers can be very hot whilst winters can be cold but not exceptionally so.
All Time Highs and Lows:
The highest temperature recorded in Salzburg was on July 21st 2003 when the thermometer just failed to tip over the 100f mark. The lowest temperature ever recorded there was in December 2009 when the temperature dipped to nearly -27C.

Weather Science:
Salzburg enjoys an Oceanic climate due to the strength of the westerly winds off the Atlantic that bring moist air over Austria and west central Europe. More affected by the blocking effect of mountains, this can make this part of Europe drier but not so for Salzburg and the city suffers a particularly prolonged drizzly rain called the Schnurlregen. Summer rainfall is quite high too.

The Seasons:

Spring: Temperatures pick up relatively slowly in Salzburg from the average high of 10C in March to nearly 20C in May. Rainfall is increasing through the period and it’s not unusual for snow to be seen in April which averages nearly two snowy days in the month. Sunshine hours increase by 50% over the period with May seeing around 6.5 hours a day.

Summer: Summer may not get really hot in Salzburg but then that’s part of its appeal. With temperatures around the upper seventies, touring the city is pleasant, even if you get caught out by the 10mm of rain that falls every other day on average. Don’t panic though for with nearly eight hours a day of sunshine on average through July and August, it’s not going to rain for long.

Autumn: Autumn comes quickly and soon descends into winter. Over the course of the three months, temperatures drop considerably, falling from just over 14C on average in September to a little over 4C in November. Snow has begun with five days of the white stuff in November and only four hours of sunshine each day for the autumn average.

Winter: Winter is very cold and snowy in Salzburg with snow falling on up to half of the winter days. Temperatures hover around zero each day and whilst the amount of precipitation falls, sunshine is down to around two hours a day. It’s in this season that you might get unusually warm days when the foehn wind blows.

Best Time to Visit:
May and September are the best months to visit and you’ll enjoy warm but not overly hot days with plenty of sunshine. In both months, tourist numbers aren’t at their peak so the city is quieter than in July and August making it a very pleasant place to visit.