The Austrian climate is a continental climate with rigid, rainy and often snowy winters (the winter minimuml temperatures vary between +2°C and -15°C), and short summers with temperatures variable 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 1.500 mm per year. Generally it rains more in the western part of the country, while the rain falls, moving east.
Snowfalls are very common in the winter months, usually snow between November and March, but in the mountains, at higher altitudes, it can snow all year round.
Austria, from the climatic point of view, can be divided into three areas.
The first area is the continental climate, which includes the eastern part of the country, where there are values in precipitation below 800 mm per year, and where the average temperature in the warmest month is above 19°C.
The second area is affected by the climate typical of mountain or alpine climate and includes the vast area of Austria consists of mountains, here there are heavy rain, with maximum in summer, and cold temperatures with heavy snowfall in winter, winters are cold and long, while the summers are short and rainy.
The third area includes the area of the Danube Valley, the climate here is mixed between the continental and oceanic, with relatively high rainfall, with annual values between 700 mm and 1.200 mm.
WHEN TO GO TO AUSTRIA
For snow lovers and winter sports, the best months are winter, between December and March. To visit the Austrian cities the most suitable period are or the months of spring, between April and June, but September can be also a good month. The summer months are also good, but sometimes rainy and also quite hot in the plains.
AUSTRIA CLIMATE TABLES
|VIENNA (200 metres)|
|Month||Average low (°C)||Average high (°C)||Precip. (mm)||Precip. days|
|SALZBURG (424 metres)|
|Month||Average low (°C)||Average high (°C)||Precip. (mm)||Precip. days (snowy days)|