Vienna Weather Overview:
Located at the far eastern end of the Austrian Alps, Vienna has warm, sometimes hot summers and cold, often snowy, winters. The distance away from the Atlantic and Mediterranean reduces the number of rainy days it endures and the overall precipitation levels. It’s a popular city break destination at any time of year – it just depends whether you like the heat or the cold!
All Time Highs and Lows:
Vienna’s hottest day was in 2003 when on July 19th, 37C was recorded. In 1934, January 12th saw temperatures fall to -19.6C
Weather Science: Vienna is on the border where the effect of the Oceanic climate zone touches that of the Continental one. With the winds generally from the west, the Oceanic zone exerts a tempering effect on Vienna’s weather, keeping winter temperatures milder than you’d expect but still allowing for some hot summer days.
Spring: When spring arrives in early March, you’ll certainly notice the difference. Whilst you can still have around five days of snow in the month, temperatures average 10C compared to half that in February and the sunshine levels are double that of January. Rainfall levels are starting to pick up and by May, although the temperature is now in the low seventies for much of the time and sunshine hours are near the annual peak, nearly one in three days will have rain.
Summer: Most summer days are perfect as eight hours of sunshine on average are received each day. Temperatures are regularly in the low eighties but the humidity can set off evening thunderstorms bringing the heaviest of the year’s rainfall.
Autumn: Temperatures fall away rapidly as autumn progresses and in November, warm days will only just touch 10C. You’ll get fewer rainy days but the sunshine hours each day are less than half of the summer average. By the end of autumn, snow will have begun to fall on the city once more.
Winter: Through the winter almost a foot and a half of snow will fall each month and temperatures will hover around freezing during the day, falling further after dark. The amount of snow is lower than you might expect in some Austrian locations because of the slight influence of the oceanic climate zone which also keeps temperatures a little above the average for Eastern Europe.
Best Time to Visit:
Vienna is beautiful at any time of the year but the least attractive times are March when the snow is melting and November when the cold weather bites. At all other times it’s pretty and a great city break destination.