Budapest Climate & Weather
Budapest Climate and Weather
With the Alps to the west and the flat, open Great Plain to the east, Budapest's climate is accented with warm summers and bitterly cold winters, with plenty of rain all year round. Winters are fairly short, with the very cold weather arriving in mid-December; it is usually cloudy and damp with the odd bright sunny days and frequent, but light, snow. In summer, from late May to September, Budapest has a high proportion of sunny, warm days with relatively high humidity, the sun shining for about 10 hours a day. It is generally fairly dry in summer although there can be sudden showers - these tend to be welcome as the city can get uncomfortably hot. Although most tourists choose to visit in summer, many would argue that Budapest is actually best in the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn. In spring, March to early May, there is usually plenty of sunshine and the whole city is awakening after winter with blossoms and buds adorning the trees; the weather can be a bit changeable and sometimes windy in early spring but by late April and May, on the cusp of summer, the weather is usually wonderful. Early autumn is also a good time to visit as there is still sun to be enjoyed and the fall colours are lovely. Late autumn - late October to November - starts getting cold and unpleasant as winter draws nigh.
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