Contrary to what most people tend, Poland is not a Siberian country, where you are likely to meet white bears. Although winters can be furiously cold here, summers and springs can surprise you with a really warm and even hot weather. Anyway, whether you plan to visit Poland in January, August or September, you may be sure that you will be given (if not warm weather) warm welcome.
Poland is located in central Europe and its climate is influenced both by a continental climate from the east and marine climate coming from the west. What does it mean for any traveler? Well, to say simple, be prepared for weather that is very changeable. What we have learned in Poland is that nothing in the Polish weather is sure. You can have 1.5 meters high snow dunes in February one year while in the next one you will see krokusy – spring flowers. And no snow. The same thing may happen in the summer time. Be prepared for anything during your summer holiday in Poland – when lying on the sandy Baltic beach keep your umbrella close in case of rain.
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Most travelers come to Poland in summer season between May and September. Hot and sunny (usually) months of July and August are the peak season – be aware that Baltic beaches can get really crowded and Krakow Main Square will be full with Chinese tourists.
Krakow weather is more or less the same as in the rest of the country. The only difference is the rainfall – Krakow is one of the wettest places in Poland and summer month of July is usually very rainy. Also, due to its proximity to the Tatra Mountains Krakow can get snow (though not much) even in late April.
Krakow Weather February – Old Town
Krakow temperatures are the lowest in January and February – expect snow and temperature between 0 and -12 degrees of Celsius. In wintertime days are short and you will be surrounded by darkness at about 4pm. Also, remember that what in the countryside falls from the heavens as pure white snow, in Krakow city may become cold and unpleasant rain. If you want to see big snowfall, head to neighboring Zakopane. Almost every year this winter capital of Poland is literally covered with snow. There’s a small disadvantage, however, of such harsh winter – the pavements tend to be covered with slippery, icy layer. To be on a safe side, get yourself a pair of small crampons, which you can put on your shoes.
In the winter comes to an end, Krakow weather gets slightly warmer. If you look at the weather forecast Krakow, you will see that in March and April temperatures can rise up to 6 and 10 degrees respectively, though it will be also much more rainy than in winter. Poles have lots of proverbs describing different seasons and months: „W marcu jak w garncu” means that you can get all in March – from rain to sun to snow, all possible in one day.
Spring in Krakow begins with mid-May. Krakow temperatures in May suddenly rise, and it can as warm as 20 degrees. Planty Park and hundreds of trees are in full bloom, which means, unfortunately, that’s high time for anyone who is allergic to get some medicines. In May you can expect some rains and sudden spring storms (even in the middle of a day). If you go down to the countryside, especially to Zakopane and Tatra Mountains, you may be sure that you’ll get snow – so if you plan any hiking take winter weather conditions into consideration. Good, warm clothing such as down jacket and ankle-holding hiking boots can save your health and in some cases – life.
From now on, days are getting longer and you can enjoy sun until 6-7pm. On June 24th Poles celebrate the Summer solstice – the longest day in a year. Traditionally known as „Kupała Night” (Kupała is the pagan god of love and procreation), this celebration includes dancing, fire jumping and looking for the legendary love-flower, which blooms only this night and only for a couple of hours.
Krakow Summer Music Festival Wianki
The Krakow weather in August is still quite warm, and in some years you can sweat heavily, as the temperatures rise as high as 30-35 degrees.
September marks beginning of autumn, which, according to many, is the best time to visit Krakow. Krakow temperatures in September are quite bearable, days are still long and evenings reasonably warm – but you can feel that nights and mornings are more chilly. Temperatures can be as high as 25 degrees, but usually they are bit lower – about 15-20 maximum. September and following October are said to be the best months for hiking in Tatra Mountains.
Weather October Tatra Polish Mountains
November is said to be the least likeable month for many – but it has its own charm. It rains often (and the rains are cold, causing you getting running nose), days are shorter again and everything looks a bit gloomy. But do not despair – Poles avoid November depression by drinking hectoliters of warm beer. It is served with raspberry juice, honey, cloves, cinnamon and ginger and although concept of warm beer itself sounds unlikely to many, Polish „grzaniec” will win your heart! November in Krakow weather charts means rains – lots of rain. It is advised to get prepared – grab rain jacket, good quality umbrella that can resist strong November winds and of course Wellingtons. Dressed like this you can go for a walk through multicolored alleys, full of falling leaves.
Brace yourself – the winter is coming…Yes, Polish winter can be harsh, snowy and hard to stand for warm countries visitors. But this does not mean it cannot be fun! As the temperatures in Krakow drop below zero (sometimes even 10 degrees below zero), days become ultra-short. If you plan to visit Krakow in December, invest in good, down jacket, warm gloves and snow shoes.
When Krakow’s narrow medieval lanes get snow cover, you are likely to see kids and sometimes adults taking part in snowmen competitions. The bigger and higher snowman is, the better!
Krakow Weather – December – Main Square
Poland used to be described one of the safest countries in the world considering dangerous weather phenomena. No strong storms were seen here, nor tornados. But as the climate changes, so does the weather in Poland. Since a couple of years Polish countryside experiences very strong winds and local tornados, which can be really dangerous. Such phenomena tend to happen usually in early Summer. If you are in the highlands, you should be extra careful, as strong winds cause trees to fall, which can be dangerous. Floods are also a great nuisance in last years in Poland.
Almost every year with the beginning of Spring you can hear about local floodings that happen usually in south-western part of a country. They can cause lots of damages, especially in mountain towns and villages that are located close to the rivers. If you travel to Northern Poland and plan to visit beautiful Baltic seaside, remember that late Autumn and early Winter (especially months of November-December) can bring heavy storms. Also, during mountain hiking in winter you have to check carefully avalanche&weather forecast. Avalanches in Tatra Mountains happen usually between January and February – if there is any Avalanche danger remember to acknowledge your hotel or hostel staff what your is your planned route.
Whenever you are planning to visit Poland and Krakow city, do not be really bothered about the weather. Poland is an all-year destination and we’re sure you will appreciate this amazing at any time of the year.