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The climate of Poland
According to the Köppen climate classification Poland has a moderate continental climate (type Dfb) with reasonably cold winters and reasonably warm summers. Poland is one of the driest countries in Europe. Most areas in Poland only get about 500 millimeters of annual precipitation most of which falls in the form of snow during the winter. It is very noticeable that the climate in Poland is less influenced by the sea than in the neighboring country of Germany. Rain and depressions that come from the North Sea hardly reach Poland. The warming influence of the sea during the winter and the cooling influence during the summer are only noticeable along the north coast of Poland. The slightly colder Baltic Sea influences the climate here.


Climate information of places and areas in Poland
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 Poland:


Unpredictable weather
Poland doesn’t get much precipitation. The precipitation that does fall is can be predicted with reasonable accuracy. Chances of rain during a day that was predicted to be dry are very slim. However, during the summer thunder storms may form after a (very) warm day. Temperatures are harder to predict. Within the course of a week large differences in temperature may occur. During the winter temperatures may plummet from around freezing point to far below freezing point within a week. This is often caused by a change of current, especially when colder air suddenly comes from Scandinavia or Russia. The change from wintry weather to spring may occur within 24 or 48 hours. Chances are you may be enjoying spring on a terrace one day while the next day you may need your winter coat again. The same pattern can be seen during autumn. A lovely Indian Summer may change to bleak or even wintry weather within a short period of time. In November subzero temperatures are not uncommon.

Warm summers
Summers in Poland are pleasantly warm with temperatures of 22-24 degrees Celsius. However, during the night it may be cold. Because of this you won’t get the tropical feeling in Poland you may get in Mediterranean countries. In July and August temperatures may rise above 30 degrees Celsius because of a warm current coming from Russia. Longer periods where tropical temperatures can be recorded are not uncommon in Poland. Most regions in Poland can record a heat wave during a great number of years.

The wettest area in Poland is the south-western part. The Sudetes, which is a mountain range with altitudes up to 1,500 meters can record 800-1,200 millimeters of annual rain. During the winter almost all of which falls in the form of snow or glazed frost. The southern part of Poland, bordering Slovakia, as well as the area along the Baltic Sea get a little more precipitation than other places in Poland. The rest of the country gets little precipitation during the winter. During the summer precipitation figures are slightly higher, but still quite low. However, chances of longer periods of rain are not uncommon.

Winter sports
Poland isn’t a real winter sports destination. However, there are some excellent possibilities for skiing. Zakopane is a popular winter sports destination located on the north side of the Tatra mountain range. This city is situated at an altitude of 800 meters and has several tens of thousands inhabitants. Zakopane is also known as the winter sports capital of Poland. The winter sports season here is from November till March. Other places with winter sports possibilities are: Kasprowy Wierch, Gubalówka, and Polana Szymoszkowa.


Climate figures
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They can be seen as an average for Poland. The largest deviations are: Summers along the Baltic Sea coast in the north are slightly colder. The northern and southern parts of Poland get a little more precipitation. The higher areas in the south (the Beskids) are a little colder during the winter. Chances of wintry weather are also slightly higher here than in the northern part of Poland.

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temperature (°C)
January -1 -7 1 15 4
February 1 -6 2 13 3
March 6 -2 4 14 3
April 13 3 5 11 4
May 19 8 7 10 8
June 22 11 8 12 13
July 24 12 8 13 16
August 23 12 7 14 18
September 18 9 5 12 15
October 13 4 3 14 12
November 6 0 2 15 9
December 1 -4 1 16 6
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

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 Poland. However, there are some deviations: Chances of wintry weather are slightly higher in the higher regions in the south. Chances of warm weather are higher in the interior than along the Baltic Sea coast.

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