Much of the Czech Republic is located in a hilly area, at altitudes between 200 and 500 m, and it has a fairly homogeneous climate, the one recorded in Prague, the favorite and most popular destination in the country. To visit the capital and explore the surroundings summer is perfect, never very hot and with cool evenings and nights. Mid-seasons can also work well; However, it should be taken into account that the climate is cool and the rains are quite frequent. Those who are not particularly afraid of the cold can also opt for a winter trip, to admire the city shrouded in snow light up with Christmas lights!
The choice of the period of a trip also depends a lot on the purpose, based on the reasons that bring you to this country. Let's find out then when to go to the Czech Republic: climate and best period region by region.
- Best time for a trip
- Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Plains and Hills (Prague)
- Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Mountains (Praded)
- What to bring in your suitcase
- User questions and comments
Best time for a trip
The climate of the Czech Republic is continental, with cold winters and moderately hot summers.
Le rainfall is quite frequent all year round even if they are never abundant. The average is around 400-500 millimeters per year: scarcer in winter, when the vegetation rests and more abundant in late spring and summer. The wettest areas are those of the Sudetenland (where they exceed 1.000 mm per year) and those bordering Austria and Germany.
Broadly speaking, the best time to visit the Czech Republic is from mid-May to mid-September; it is the hottest or, at least, the mildest. In May and September, temperatures can be cool; in midsummer they are certainly higher. The December for the holiday season, when the cities are filled with markets and decorations.
- Plains and hills (Prague): from mid-May to mid-September due to pleasant temperatures. Winter is very cold but it has its charm especially with the Christmas markets
- Mountains (Praded): in the height of summer, temperatures are pleasant. In winter it is very cold but it is the ideal season for those who want to ski
Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Plains and Hills (Prague)
In the middle of winter in Prague, and in most places in the Czech Republic, temperatures hover around freezing or just below. The days are often gray and sometimes a light sleet falls. Snowfalls are frequent but not abundant.
From March to May the weather is unstable: the return of the cold alternates with the first warmth. Temperatures become more stable (maximum 18/20 °) starting from the second half of May.
Summer is hot enough with cool nights. Even on sunny days there is the possibility of showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon. The averages are 22/24 ° and the minimums 12/13 °. In history there has been no lack of anomalous seasons in which peaks of up to 30 ° have been reached. Autumn, from September to November, is pleasantly mild until the first half of September, then it soon becomes gray and progressively colder, with frequent rains.
In Prague, 525 mm of rain (or snow) fall per year. The sun is rarely seen from November to February; in summer it can be obscured by both Atlantic perturbations and afternoon cloud coverings.
- Recommended period: summer is pleasantly mild with cool nights (maximum 22/24 ° and minimum 12/13 °). If it rains it is mostly short showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon
- Period not recommended: there is no real period not recommended. However, you will find a worse climate in winter, when temperatures are low, short gray days and frequent snowfalls.
Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Mountains (Praded)
In the north of the country, in the mountainous area of the Sudetenland, on the border with Poland, temperatures decrease proportionally with increasing altitude, especially in summer.
In summer, already at 800 meters above sea level, the climate is cool, with a daytime temperature 18 °. The higher you climb, the lower the temperatures drop (seasonal average of 7/11 ° on Mount Praded, at 1.500 meters above sea level). The highest peak in the country is Mount Snežka, 1.603 meters high.
In autumn, temperatures are comparable to those of a particularly cold winter with frequent rains and snowfalls. Full winter, the thermometer hardly exceeds zero. Cold eruptions from the east are frequent, which can lead to intense frosts, with peaks of -20 / -25 ° in the worst moments. Spring is like a harsh winter.
- Recommended period: winter for ski holidays. Alternatively, summer when, already at 800 meters above sea level, the climate is cool with a daytime average of 18 °.
- Period not recommended: in the mid-seasons there is a particularly harsh winter climate. If you are not interested in winter holidays, avoid winter too.
What to bring in your suitcase
- Population: 10.553.843
- Area: 78.866 sq. Km
- Languages: Czech
- Currency: Czech crown (CZK) / Exchange rate: € 1,00 = CZK 26,80
- Documents: identity card (paper or electronic) valid for expatriation or a valid passport