Naturally, all travelers want to prepare for their trip the best they can and make sure they bring the appropriate clothing. But whenever we are asked one of the most frequently asked questions about what weather to expect during our tour, we wish we could take out our magical glass ball and check. We are great at organizing tours, but unfortunately we must admit we’re quite lousy fortune-tellers, so let us now draw an outline of the typical Polish weather, which will explain why the question about weather may turn out to be one of the trickiest ones.
The climate in Poland
Generally speaking, the climate in Poland is temperate and continental, with relatively cold winters and warm summers. This said, it is worth noting that we have not only lowlands, but also mountain ranges and the sea coast, so the weather conditions might differ from region to region.
The Polish winter
Winters are usually cold throughout the country. The sky is often grey, the temperatures are a few degrees above or below freezing and the ground is covered with a bit of snow. Snowfall is usually not abundant (unless you’re in the mountains, where there’s a lot of snow and skiing may be possible even at Easter).
Spring in Poland
Spring is cold at the beginning. April is known for its late cold waves and even snow showers. You’re probably familiar with the saying “April weather, rain and sunshine both together” – well, our Polish saying goes even further, implying that April combines a bit of winter and a bit of summer. In April and May we get a mixture of cold days and warm days. We remember years when the temperature during our May holiday reached 25°C (77°F) as well as years when it was only 5°C (41°F). From mid-May the weather usually becomes really pleasant.
Summer weather in Poland
Summers are usually mild, warm and pleasant, however it may also happen that the temperature will reach even 30°C (86°F) or 35°C (95°F). Last summer was actually exceptionally hot most of the time. The summer is also the rainiest season. We often get thunderstorms in the afternoon, especially in July. If your trip includes Southern Poland, where there are mountain ranges, make sure to take warmer clothes with you. The climate is naturally colder there and the summers are cool. The average temperature in Zakopane in July is 15°C (59°F).
The golden Polish autumn
The beginning of the autumn is usually very pleasant. The beginnings of September are still warm. October is often much cooler, but still with a fair amount of sunny days to enjoy. November is more dull, chilly and rainy.
What clothes to pack
To sum up: if you’re planning a trip to Poland in the winter, make sure to bring a warm jacket, warm shoes, a hat, a scarf and gloves. In the summer, pack mostly lightweight clothes, but don’t forget your long pants, a sweatshirt or a sweater for the evenings and a raincoat – especially if you’re going on the Ultimate Poland or the Polish Delight tour and will be visiting both the Polish seaside and the Polish mountains. As for spring and autumn, well, what can we say… expect the unexpected, as the Polish weather may turn out to be a bit moody:)