Warsaw Weather Overview:
Warsaw lies on a low plain nearly equidistant from the Carpathian Mountains and the Baltic Sea. The weather is hot in summer with high rainfall, delivered in end of the day thunderstorms. In winter the temperatures can rise no higher that -3C for almost a month and there is plenty of snowfall.
All Time Highs and Lows:
In July 2003 Warsaw’s temperature rose to an unprecedented 36.4C whilst in the bitterly cold winter of 2009/10 -30.7C was reached on two separate occasions in December and January.
Warsaw has a distinctly humid continental climate but with its proximity to the Baltic Sea, there’s the influence of an Oceanic climate too. This reduces temperatures slightly in summer and provides weather fronts that bring thunderstorms whilst in the winter it prevents severe cold.
Spring: Spring takes a while to get going and whilst there’s a sense of a change in March, the still cool temperatures and crisp mornings say otherwise. April is a great time to be in Warsaw and things are definitely warming up but it’s not until May that the riot of colour of the spring flowers is at its best. By that time sunshine hours are almost at their year high and daily temperatures nudge the seventies.
Summer: Summers are rarely too hot in Warsaw and the temperature hovers around the mid-seventies to low eighties for much of the season. With up to eight hours of sunshine a day it’s perfect for exploring the city and in the evenings, you’ll be able to enjoy eating and drinking al fresco until late.
Autumn: Autumn days drift slowly towards winter and in September you’ll still feel like summer is still resident in the capital. October starts to see cooler days and the sun is weakening. Misty mornings are a feature of the season followed by golden hued sunshine and early dusk.
Winter: In winter, expect the temperature to be around or below freezing for much of the time. The weather fronts that brought thunderstorms in the summer now bring snow and quite an accumulation can build up as the temperatures aren’t warm enough to thaw it. Wrap up warm and on the occasional sunny day, the city is still beautiful but in a different way.
Best Time to Visit:
For vibrancy, May and June are the best months as winter is a distant memory and the city is bright and fresh. Summer is great for being outdoors whilst early autumn is perfect for romantic strolls around the city.