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The climate of Hungary: when to go to Hungary

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Hungary is a nation in Central and Eastern Europe characterized by a mainly continental climate. The climate of Hungary has among its characteristics a marked variability during each month of the year and strong temperature variations both daily and seasonal. The summer months in Hungary, that is, those from June to August, are very hot. The spring period is mainly characterized by a mild climate. During autumn, rainy and cool days predominate. In addition, fog is often present in this period.

The winter season is not very long. The classic winter weather with cold temperatures usually begins in mid-December. During this time of year the days are usually cloudy and humid. Sometimes even in winter you can have beautiful, but cold, sunny days. Although not too abundant snow is often present during the winter months. As far as temperatures are concerned, the coldest month of the year is January with an average temperature that is usually a few degrees below zero. The hottest month of the year is usually August with average temperatures above 21 ° C.


The climate of Hungary is influenced by three main climatic factors: by the presence of the large eastern European continental mass, by the influences of the western-European ocean area and by the influence of the Mediterranean Sea basin. According to the prevalence of these climatic factors, Hungary can be divided into three different climatic zones: in the southern part of the country the influence of the Mediterranean climate prevails, the continental climate characterizes the vast eastern plains of the country, while the western end of the Hungary suffers from the influences of the Atlantic Ocean.


Rainfall is well distributed throughout the year. These rainfall in winter often turn into snow. The annual average rainfall varies between 500 and 600 millimeters. In Hungary the rainiest period includes the months of late spring and summer: between May and August, but also the month of November is among the rainiest months of the year.

In the capital of the country, Budapest, there are average annual temperatures of 11-12 ° C. The coldest average temperatures occur in January with 0 ° C. While in July the highest values are recorded with average temperatures of 22 ° C. Overall rainfall is scarce, generally more abundant between late spring and early summer, in the months of May and June. The highest values of rainfall occur on the western hills, where about 1,000 mm fall annually. The driest areas of Hungary are the eastern regions, these areas are characterized by steppes where the average annual rainfall is below 600 mm per year. The city of Budapest falls in this area with an annual average of just over 500 mm.


If you want to visit Hungary you can plan a trip in the months from May to October. This is the time of year with the best weather. In summer the weather is hot, but temperatures rarely get too high. The weather in spring and autumn can be very pleasant and there are often sunny days.

Budapest climate.

Official website of the Weather in Hungary.


BUDAPEST (315 meters)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January -1,6 2,9 37  7
February 0,0 5,5 29  6
March 3,5 10,6 30  6
April 7,6 16,4 42  6
May 12,1 21,9 62  8
June 15,1 24,6 63  8
July 16,8 26,7 45  7
August 16,5 26,6 49  6
September 12,8 21,6 40  5
October 7,8 15,4 39  5
November 2,9 7,7 53  7
December 0,0 4,0 43  7
YEAR 7,8 15,3 532  78



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