Hungarian Climate – What You Can Expect
The Hungary climate falls into a temperate zone, which means that it has a continental climate. Weather can be predicted pretty well (although Europe has seen some freak weather in recent years) and the change in seasons can be noted clearly – summers are pleasantly warm, but winters can be very cold and bring a good amount of snow.
What Should You Know About Hungary Climate?
The climate is a typical European continental climate. The summer time can be very pleasantly warm and with a good amount of sunshine. The winters on the other hand can be very cold and frosty.
The coldest month on the calendar is January when you can expect temperatures around zero even in the middle of the day – with nights dropping into the negatives.
The mountain areas of Hungary get the coldest winters, with some months being extremely cold; the record standing at -35°C/-31F in Gorombolytapolca!
Snow is not uncommon during winter months, again, especially in the mountains which can accumulate some 120 days of snowfall.
Warming up a little – the summer months range between 20-25°C/68-77F on average during the day – although some days can reach a hotter 35°C/95F.
What Should You Know About Hungary Weather?
Hungary climate and weather can be mostly okay – with very few freak weather conditions or natural disasters passing through. Perhaps the worst conditions you could come across is a snowstorm that can sometimes sweep through the mountains.
It would be advisable to never venture of an a hiking or cycling trip alone during the winters – always ask for safety advice and whether or not you should risk the adventure at all.
Summer months are obviously the most favorable time for visitors to come and the sun can be pleasant but not sweltering. When temperatures reach up to 30°C/86F – it can bring on a short thunderstorm and heavy rain to break the heatwave. July with its average of 22°C/72F is Hungary’s warmest month.
How Can You Prepare For The Weather in Hungary?
Having looked at the basics about the Hungary climate and weather, we could suggest that the best times to come are between the end of spring (May) and the beginning of Autumn (September).
Both Spring and Autumn can come with some rain which can be a nuisance to some travelers when certain attractions or sights are not open due to bad weather.
What you will want to know the answer to, is what clothing you will need to be packing for your trip. If you plan to come in the summer then you should bring the majority of light, natural fabrics – some t-shirts and shorts for the day and perhaps something to cover up with in the evening when the temperature can drop.
A rain-jacket wouldn’t be a bad idea for the odd shower and a travel umbrella if you will be spending much time outdoors.
During the winter, the Hungarian climate calls for heavier fabrics – bring plenty of layers and waterproof clothing. If you are planning to go in the mountains – remember that they can be chilly even on the warmest days.
If you are planning to spend your time in Budapest, I suggest you check our recommendations for Budapest Weather.