Krakow Weather Guide
The temperature in Krakow vary widely between seasons and will definitely affect what type of clothing you pack when visiting the city. Krakow sees the crisp winters associated with Eastern Europe and the glorious blue skied summers of Western Europe.
Seasons and Clothing
Winter: November to February
There’s no avoiding the cold temperatures that hit Krakow with a chilly sting in winter. Snow falls in abundance throughout this time of year which heightens the warm fuzzy festive feel in the ancient city. Love descends on Valentine’s Day in the city with horse drawn carriages out in force parading through the centre. A winter warmer in Krakow pubs is the popular honey-vodka drink ideal to give patrons that ‘beer jacket’ feeling, keeping freezing temperatures at bay.
Average temperatures: -6 – 5 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Winter clothing including a waterproof coat, thick jumper and sturdy footwear in case of ice.
Don't forget: Hat, gloves and an umbrella.
Spring: March to April
The springtime season sweeps the city although temperatures still dip daily to single figures. Towards the end of April people in the city start to leave coats at home, opting for a sweater instead. In March the Easter Market swings into action showcasing fantastic Polish cuisine along with local handcrafted keepsakes. The market is a part of the culture within the city and is hugely popular.
Average temperatures: 3 – 17 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Winter layers and a warm and waterproof coat.
Don't forget: An umbrella and sunglasses.
Summer: May to August
The hottest month of the year is July with temperatures peaking at around the 30 degrees Celsius mark. Expect some scattered showers during this season, especially during May and towards the end of August. Other than this the weather is glorious and perfect for walking between the city attractions and partaking in the numerous festivals that occur. Find yourself amongst a nationwide celebration of students that occurs during May or early June. The largest celebration in the country can be seen in Krakow. The festival boasts concerts, games, parades and other activities which turn Krakow into a celebration zone, student or not.
Average temperatures: 12 – 27 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Casual light layers as well as trousers and a jacket for night time. Thongs may not be suitable if walking the cobbled streets for an extended period of time.
Don't forget: Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and a small portable umbrella.
Autumn: September – October
Autumn is an excellent time of year to travel to Krakow as the weather is generally pleasant with thinner clouds and temperatures that are comfortable for walking in. The climate certainly takes a shift when it nears the end of October, featuring strong traits of winter such as gusty winds and prolonged rainstorms. September sees a number of music festivals kick-off, the most popular being the Sacrum-Profanum Festival which features highly- esteemed musicians performing contemporary jazz, electronic, instrumental and vocal-instrumental music. Catch this festival at the beginning of September.
Average temperatures: 8 - 22 degrees Celsius
Appropriate clothing: Light sweaters, long trousers, shoes with good tread and a jacket.
Don't forget: Travel umbrella.