Weather in Poland – What to expect, season to season …
A vibrant country steeped in history, tradition, and culture, it’s not surprising that Poland is a popular destination for tourists from across the globe.
If you’re planning a trip to Poland, you’ll probably be wondering what weather to expect whilst you’re there. After all, how else will you know what to pack for a comfortable, enjoyable trip?
The Polish Climate
Like the UK, Poland’s climate can be described as a temperate, meaning the seasons are clearly differentiated, with the country experiencing relatively cold winters and warmer summers.
The climate is influenced by a number of different factors – oceanic air currents from the west, cold polar air from Scandinavia and Russia, as well as warmer, sub tropical air from the south.
Naturally, the weather varies across different parts of the country, depending on height above sea level and distance from the Baltic Sea. The warmest temperatures can be found in Western and Central parts of the country, whilst the coldest areas are on the north-eastern edge of the country.
What weather can I expect when I visit Poland?
If you’re travelling to Poland, it’s useful to have an understanding of the sort of weather you can expect to experience. But predicting the weather in Poland can be easier said than done – it can often be hard to know what to expect from the weather tomorrow, never mind in several weeks’ time.
We’re used to unstable weather here in the UK, and Poland is no different. With the weather changing significantly from day to day, and weather patterns varying from year to year, it can be extremely difficult to predict exactly what the weather will be like at any given point during the year.
As a general rule though, here’s what you can expect from each season:
The Polish spring begins in March and, although the weather is initially quite cold, it soon starts to warm up. If you’re looking for pleasant warmth rather than scorching heat, this is the perfect time to visit.
Thanks to low temperatures and low humidity, it’s a particularly good time of year to explore the sites of Poland, walk through the countryside, or even go hiking in the Polish mountains.
Summer in Poland starts in June and is usually the warmest, sunniest season of the year, with temperatures often sitting between 20 – 25 degrees. There’s plenty of sunshine throughout the summer months, making them the ideal time to visit the many resorts along the Baltic coast.
On average, June is the hottest season but due to the unpredictable nature of the Polish weather, it’s not advisable to count on this always being the case!
In Poland, Autumn kicks off in September. The start of the season is usually quite warm and sunny but, by November, you can expect the weather to be much colder, with plenty of fog.
However, if you’re prepared to deal with cooler temperatures, Autumn is a great time to visit Poland and witness the wonderful landscapes and beautiful, colourful leaves of the famous Polish Golden Autumn. This is arguably the best time of year to visit the stunning Polish mountains.
Just like the UK, winter in Poland is usually cold, grey, and wet. Once December arrives, temperatures start to plummet, the days become shorter, and there’s a high chance of snow.
Winter officially lasts from December to March, however high up on the mountains, the snow can stick around right up until May. The coldest months of the season are January and February, when temperatures regularly drop as low as -20 degrees.
Thanks for use of sky & countryside photo called Big Blue, taken in Lower Silesia, Poland.