The climate of Austria
According to the Köppen climate classification Austria has three
climate types. The higher areas in places such as Tyrol and
have a high mountain climate (type EH). The lower parts have a
moderate continental climate (type Dfb). The transitional areas in
between these two climate types have a cold continental climate with
cold winters and reasonably cool summers. Austria has a continental
climate without any influence of the sea; the bleak character of the
weather is a typical characteristic. Within one or a few days the
weather may change completely. At the same time reasonably large
differences may occur between type of weather and temperature within
Austria. This mostly occurs in the Alps; even per mountain or per side
of a mountain large differences may occur.
Climate information of places and areas in Austria
The climate information given on this page is only brief. Specific
information on weather and climate can be found on the pages per
region or city. The following climate information is available for
Summer in Austria
Summers in Austria are pleasantly warm. Even in the medium high
regions it is pleasantly warm and reasonably sunny on most days. At an
altitude of 1,800-2,000 meters and higher summer temperatures are
uncommon. There is a reasonable chance of precipitation, especially in
the southern and western parts of Austria. In the mountainous regions
rainfall often goes together with a thunderstorm. This causes very bad
weather in the valleys; large amounts of rain may fall within a short
period of time. Most of the rain falls on the northern side of the
Alps; depressions from the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean are
stopped by the Alps. Because of the amount of precipitation that falls
during the summer the climate in the relatively warm and dry eastern
part of the country cannot be classified as Mediterranean.
Winter in Austria
Winter in Austria is all about winter sports. Large parts of the
country are covered in a thick blanket of snow. Because of the
excellent weather conditions Austria is one of the most popular winter
sport destinations in the world. Many winter sports enthusiasts enjoy
an excellent winter sports holiday in Austria. During the winter
almost all of the precipitation falls in the form of snow. Only in the
lowest parts of Austria rain may fall when temperatures are above
freezing point. The highest peaks (above 3,000 meters) have perpetual
snow. These peaks are covered in snow all year round.
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate
records. They can be seen as an average for Austria. The climate
records shown are for the lower parts of Austria (<1,000 meters) which
can be found in the north and the east. The higher regions (>1,000
meters) get less sunshine, are colder and annual precipitation is
spread out differently.
More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of
the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time.
How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can
often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate
information per month. The information below is an average for Austria
with the exception of Alpine areas higher than 1,000 meters. Higher
areas get less sunshine and have a higher chance of wintry weather.
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