Berlin Weather Guide

With a temperate continental climate, Berlin experiences hot and sometimes humid summers with freezing cold winters and is a year-round tourist destination. There’s moderate rainfall throughout the year and May and June are considered the most beautiful months in the capital with clear, blue skies, little rain and warm, pleasant temps ideal for sightseeing.

Season and Clothing

Summer: June to August

Temps in the mid- to high-30s are not unheard of during a Berlin summer where the hottest months are July and August. While the summer months are the best time to visit Berlin, the capital does experience the occasional heatwave. Berlin’s version of the Notting Hill Carnival, Karneval der Kulturen, hits town around Pentecost weekend (May or June), and don’t miss the LGBT Christopher Street Day Parade and Lesbisch-Schwules Stadtfest celebrations in late June.

Average temperatures: 11 – 23 degrees Celsius.

Appropriate clothing: Shorts, t-shirts, dresses, pants and long-sleeve tops.

Don’t forget: An umbrella.

Autumn: September to November

Heading out of the summer months, September still turns on pleasantly warm days that drop quite dramatically in October to much cooler conditions. The sunny days and agreeable nights means it’s still possible to dine alfresco as well as enjoy the autumn leaves. The Berlin Marathon runs through the city in late September, and is followed by the ever-so charming Berliner Märchentage or Berlin Fairytale Festival with over 400 storytelling events in November.

Average temperatures: 2 – 18 degrees Celsius.

Appropriate clothing: Items for layering such as pants, long-sleeve top and jackets.

Don’t forget: Walking shoes.

Winter: December to February

In January and February, the freezing temps means Berlin often ices over while the skies are clear and cloudless. There’s light snowfall from December to March, however the snow cover doesn’t remain for long.  The festive season also brings the traditional Christmas markets and ice-skating rinks to the capital. The traditional New Year’s Eve Run (Berliner Silvesterlauf) and firecracker-heavy New Year’s Eve celebrations are always a noisy and fun start to the year.

Average temperatures: -3 – 3 degrees Celsius.

Appropriate clothing: Warm layers, coats, scarves, gloves, beanies.

Don’t forget: Waterproof boots.

Spring: March to May

While this a stunning time of year in the capital, spring takes its time to appear in Berlin. Temps start to thaw around late March or early April, but the weather conditions are still quite chilly until the much milder May.  The May Day Riots in Kreuzberg has been an annual event since 1987 and many sporting events like the Deutschland football cup final and German Open international women’s tennis championships take place in spring too.

Average temperatures: 0 – 18 degrees Celsius.

Appropriate clothing: Warm layers, jumpers and a jacket.

Don’t forget: Scarves and beanies just in case.