Germany Climate & Weather

Germany Climate and Weather

Germany has very changeable weather and although extremes in temperature are rare visitors should be aware that weather changes fast and there can be rain at any time of year. The seasons are also slightly unpredictable in that weather is not the same from year to year. There is also a variation in climate according to region in Germany: the coastal regions have a temperate climate with warm summers and mild, cloudy winters; inland, the climate is more continental with warmer summers and colder winters; the alpine and upland regions have cooler weather and more rain.

In spring (March to May), the weather is at its most unpredictable and can be rainy or sunny and possibly windy, but it is a pretty time of year to visit Germany regardless of the weather. Summer (June to August), is warm and frequently sunny but it is also the season with the most rainfall and humidity. Autumn (September to November), usually begins very pleasant but becomes grey and misty later in the season. Winter (December to February), is cold and temperatures can drop well below freezing at night; snow usually falls in December, January and February.

The best time to visit Germany really depends on what you are planning to see and do in the country: each season has its own advantages and charms. The peak tourist season is summer, when things are a bit more expensive and crowded.

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