The climate of Austria is a continental climate with harsh and often rainy or snowy winters, the minimum winter temperatures vary between + 2 ° C and -15 ° C, and short summers with temperatures varying between 20 ° C and 30 ° C.
The rains are more intense in the summer months, on average there are values ranging between 800 mm and 1500 mm per year. Generally it rains more in the western part of the country, while the rains decrease going east.
Snowfalls are very common in the winter months, generally it snows between November and March, but in the mountains, at the highest altitudes it can snow at any time of the year.
Austria, from a climatic point of view, can be divided into three areas. The first area is the continental climate zone, which includes the eastern part of the country, where rainfall values are below 800 mm per year, and where the average temperatures in the warmest month are above 19 ° C.
The second area is affected by the typical mountain or alpine climate, and includes the vast area of Austria formed by mountains, here there are intense precipitations, with summer maximums, and cold temperatures, with abundant winter snowfall, the winters are cold and long, while summers are short and rainy.
The third area includes the areas of the Danube valley, here the climate is of a mixed type between the continental and the oceanic ones, with rather high rainfall, with annual values between 700 mm and 1,200 mm.
WHEN TO GO TO AUSTRIA
For snow and winter sports lovers the best months are the winter months, between December and March. To visit the Austrian cities the most suitable months are those of spring, between April and June, even September can be a good month. The summer months are also good, but sometimes rainy and in the plains also quite hot.
THE CLIMATE OF AUSTRIA: CLIMATE TABLES
|VIENNA (200 meters)|
|Month||Average low (°C)||Average high (°C)||Precip. (mm)||Precip. days|
|SALZBURG (424 meters)|
|Month||Average low (°C)||Average high (°C)||Precip. (mm)||Precip. days (snowy days)|