When to go to Warsaw: climate, best time and tips month by month

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Joel Fulleda
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Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is a city full of contrasts, a perfect combination of old and new with historic buildings and the most modern buildings next to each other. And also one of the greenest cities in Europe, with over 79 parks present and an area equal to 25% dedicated to lush gardens, green areas of various sizes, tree-lined avenues and squares embellished with flowers and ornamental plants. Visit Warsaw it means coming into contact with a lively, wide-ranging metropolis, with numerous attractions and places of interest to discover, as well as a large number of activities to be enjoyed outdoors (alone or in company).
For this reason, the choice of the period in which to visit the city becomes decisive: below, we analyze together the climate and the different seasons in Warsaw, in order to help you choose the best option.



Index

  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Warsaw: the cheapest period
  3. Warsaw in Spring
  4. Warsaw in Summer
  5. Warsaw in Autumn
  6. Warsaw in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: from May to September, considering that the hottest months (June-July-August) are also the rainiest. For winter tourism, better late winter / early spring (second half of February and March)
  • Period to avoid: in the middle of winter (November-February) it is very cold and the amount of sunshine is scarce. But at Christmas it is beautiful

In Poland, the climate is mainly continental with quite cold winters (often even below freezing) and moderately hot summers. Temperatures are milder in the coastal area, while in Warsaw and in the inland areas temperatures are between 0 ° in the winter period and 22 ° in the hottest season.
As for rainfall, however, the driest season is the one between the end of winter and the beginning of spring, unlike the summer which is the wettest of the year. Generally, however, it cannot be said that it rains a lot in Poland: in the capital, rainfall (when abundant) amounts to just over 550 millimeters per year.



When to go to Warsaw: the cheapest period

Life in Poland is relatively cheap, however visiting its main cities, Warsaw and Krakow, may not turn out to be a completely low cost holiday. However, leaving out the period after Christmas and the month of May (the beginning of the high season), the prices are always affordable and from Italy it is not difficult to find direct air connections.
However, the least crowded month to travel is February, which marks the end of the winter holidays.

Warsaw in Spring

Spring, especially in its early stages, is still quite cold: snowfalls expected until mid-April are not rare. Only towards the beginning of May, temperatures become pleasant stabilizing around 15 ° -20 ° perceived during the day with the first real sunny days. Beyond the beautiful walks that can be done, keep in mind that at the beginning of May (from 1 to 3) there is a holiday in Poland and that, for this reason, every year you may find interesting manifestations or events in this period. For example, a few steps from the Old Town, the Multimedia Park of the Fountains that every Friday and Saturday evening offers magical shows.

Furthermore, with the warm season, the period open to navigation on the Vistula river and the concert season at the Lazienki Royal Park with fixed appointment near the statue of Chopin.


Warsaw in Summer

Summer is relatively hot with temperatures above 20 ° on average. Although it is also the wettest season of the year, it is also the most beautiful to visit the city since long sunny periods can also occur, in which Warsaw is filled with life: the locals equip themselves with outdoor tables, they organize markets and exhibitions en plein air, the gardens fill up during lunch breaks and at sunset, and on weekends you can organize relaxing picnics in the green.

There are also numerous festivals and cultural events of a certain depth, among which I point out: the Street Art Festival, the Jazz Festival and that of Sacred Music (with organ concerts held every noon, in the Cathedral of S. Giovanni Battista).


Warsaw in Autumn

In autumn, temperatures drop quickly while the city is enveloped in warm colors that embellish every corner. Autumn in Warsaw is magical, but not only for the thousand shades created by the carpet of leaves: it is in fact from the end of September that some very important classical music festivals take place, including the Orchestral and Chamber Music Festival entitled Chopin and his Europe, as well as the Autumn Festival of Contemporary Music (flagship of the community) and the Film Festival, lasting ten days, in which the best international films of the year are presented.



Warsaw in Winter

Polish winters are mostly gray and cold, especially when the currents from neighboring Russia blow. Although snowfalls are not so frequent compared to what happens in other neighboring countries, between January and March Warsaw is often covered with a white blanket, which makes the city worth visiting even during the most severe period. Moreover, during the holidays, the capital is filled with winter attractions, lights and the inevitable Christmas markets which are usually held in its historic center.

Very popular are the skating rinks, most of them free, mounted near the most important squares (I point out the one in the Market Square and the one near the Palace of Culture and Science): an excellent opportunity to have fun and warm up during the long winter afternoons.
Also don't forget to visit the Royal Garden: the light and music show it offers will far exceed your expectations!

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: warm clothing, better to have a wool sweater and / or a thermal shirt under the down jacket. Don't forget hat, scarf and heavy gloves: the wind can suddenly pick up and it's important to be sheltered as much as possible.
  • In summer: shorts, short-sleeved t-shirt but also sweatshirts, jacket and long jeans for the evening or the most covered days.
  • In autumn and spring: "onion" clothing is recommended, due to the instability of the climate. Keep a spare umbrella and a raincoat in your backpack / bag: you never know when it might start raining and this way you won't ruin your holiday!

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