Bratislava is located in the center of the European continent and has a continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are generally hot and dry – although the summer months are the ones with the highest amount of rainfall – the winters are cold and wet. In the capital of Slovakia the transition seasons of spring and autumn are usually very short, generally the climate suddenly changes from winter to summer and vice versa.
The city is often windy with strong variations between hot summers and cold winters. In winter the average minimum temperatures are below zero from December to February, while the average maximum winter temperatures do not exceed 4 ° C. The coldest month is January which has average minimum temperatures of -3.4 ° C and average maximum temperatures of 2.7 ° C. The hottest months are July and August with average maximum temperatures of 27 ° C and average minimum temperatures of 15 ° C.
Average annual rainfall in Bratislava varies between 530 and 650 mm, the rains are well distributed in every month of the year. The rainiest months are the summer months between June and August, they have few rainy days but the rainfall is more abundant due to the strong summer storms that characterize the period. The driest months are those that run from January to April. Bratislava has an average of 144 rainy days a year, monthly ranging from 15 rainy days in December to 10 rainy days in September and October. Snow falls frequently during the winter. The city has on average 1,976 hours of sunshine per year.
WHEN TO GO TO BRATISLAVA
The best time for a trip to the city of Bratislava are the warmer and milder months between April and September.
THE BRATISLAVA CLIMATE: CLIMATIC TABLES
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