Europe Weather Guide

From the frosty climate of Russia to the warm weather of the Mediterranean, the weather conditions in Europe is a story of extremes. Despite such vast contrasts, when it comes to terrain the region falls within the northern hemisphere and thus experiences the same seasons.

Season and Clothing

Summer: June to August

Summer in Europe is when the region is at its peak travel time with many Europeans and Brits heading to the coastlines of France, Spain, Greece, Italy and Turkey to soak up some vitamin D. Generally speaking, Europe's summer beach temperatures average around 20 degrees Celsius. Most of the capital cities during this time, such as London, Paris and Amsterdam, are also quite warm. As a result, dress is casual, open-toe shoes are acceptable and bathing suits a must.

Autumn: September to November

For mild temperatures with a taste of cooler conditions, autumn is a fantastic time to visit Europe. During this season, cities such as Amsterdam, Stockholm and Brussels come alive with a number of festivals and present the ideal weather for experiencing the attractions without the crowds of summer and unbearable cold of winter. To give you an idea, Amsterdam's average autumn temperatures range from 7 to 14 degrees Celsius with rain common, so a warm coat and wet weather boots are essential.

Winter: December to February

Europe's winters are known to be particularly brutal with temperatures in Russia, Poland and Bulgaria dropping to -5 to -10 degrees Celsius. While for some those temperatures may seem unbearable, winter is a popular time to travel to Europe, particularly for a white Christmas, skiing and the region's famous Christmas markets. Some of the most popular towns to travel to in winter for their Christmas markets include Cologne, Vienna, Copenhagen and Prague. To survive the silly season in the midst of cold temperatures and snow, you'll need a number of warm layers including thermals, a waterproof coat, a beanie, gloves and boots.

Spring: March to May

Free of crowds and full of natural beauty, spring is commonly attributed to being the best time to visit Europe. When the region's flowers come into bloom and locals emerge from their winter hibernation to enjoy the great outdoors again, Europe puts on its best scenic display. While most of Europe is pleasant during spring, countries such as France, England, Ireland, Scotland and Hungary are particularly popular. During spring, Paris' temperatures range between 11 and 19 degrees Celsius, so jeans and a jumper should get you by.