Poland Weather Guide
Unusually, the climate in Poland can be divided into 6 seasons. As well as winter, summer, spring and autumn, there’s an early spring called przedwiosni, which is defined by one or 2 months of both wintry and spring-like conditions. There’s also a humid season called przedzimie, which comes just before winter. Poland is also said to have very unpredictable weather, especially in March and April.
Season and Clothing
Summer: June to August
After the long, cold Polish winter, summer is welcomed with open arms. In May, temps warm to about 20 degrees Celsius, and summer kicks off a little early lasting for about 4 months. There’s loads of sunshine as well as heavy showers occasionally during the summer months. If you love the heat, head to central Poland – that’s the hottest part of the country. If you prefer a cooler climate, shoot for the Tatra Mountains. Look out for summer music festivals in Krakow and other cities, and bring some comfy shoes – thongs won’t last on cobblestone streets!
Autumn: September to November
Autumn is a great time to visit Poland as the summer crowds have left and it’s sunny and dry with temps still a mild 15 degrees Celsius in September. This is a great time to get outdoors and admire the pristine wilderness or pull on some walking shoes to traipse around the cities and see the sights. By November, the transition to winter starts, so the temps do get a little fresher, and in Krakow you can expect gusty winds and prolonged periods of rain, so make sure you carry an umbrella. The average temps in the autumn months hover between 5 degrees and 15 degrees Celsius.
Winter: December to February
If you’re visiting Poland in winter, be prepared for the cold. The polar continental air and Arctic air bring super frosty weather to the cities and countryside. Winter lasts the standard months in most parts of the country, though it can hang around a bit longer in the north with sub-zero temperatures often recorded right through to March. Keep warm in cosy city pubs, or rug up in a waterproof coat and boots if you want to check out the Christmas Markets or plump for a horse-drawn carriage on Valentine’s Day.
Spring: March to May
Mid-May right through summer is considered the best time to visit Poland, so if you want comfortable temps without paying the high room rates, the end of spring is a sweet time to visit. Generally speaking, you’ll appreciate milder weather in inland regions, while the mountains are still quite chilly. In April and May, the temps will be anywhere between -1 and 20 degrees Celsius so keep your coat handy and wear layers to dress for whatever the weather dishes out. In Krakow, check out the Easter Market for traditional cuisine and handmade keepsakes.