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Munich Climate & Weather

Munich Climate and Weather


The weather in Munich is influenced by a continental climate, strongly modified by the proximity of the Alps, which can make Munich's weather unpredictable. In general summers are fairly warm and very wet, characterised by sunny weather interspersed by dramatic thunderstorms, while winters are cold with light snowfalls. The Alps cause two unique aberrations in Munich weather: south westerly winds crossing the Alps can bring warm Föhn conditions during any season but only on a few days a year, pushing up temperatures markedly even in winter; when north westerly winds blow from the mountains, however, weather conditions known as Alpenstau occur, most often in spring and summer, which bring unseasonably low temperatures, rain and even snow on odd days. You can easily end up experiencing quite a variety of weather on a stay in Munich. The most popular time to visit is in September for Oktoberfest but summer is the peak tourism season. Munich is really a year-round holiday destination because so many of the city's attractions can be enjoyed regardless of the weather. Visitors flock to the city in winter to enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the Bavarian Alps.


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