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Hungary Climate & Weather

Hungary Climate and Weather


Hungary has a continental climate with distinct seasons, and a great variation between winter and summer conditions. During winter the weather is bitterly cold with snow blanketing the ground for weeks and the mighty Danube River freezes over. Most people would say that the best time to visit Hungary is over the summer period, when the weather is warmer and the attractions are all open. The weather in spring and autumn can be very pleasant too, but temperatures do drop to around 20°F (9°C). Over winter temperatures approach freezing. Some rain can be expected throughout the year and rainfall is largely dependent on region as there are variations in weather in Hungary according to location. The west of Hungary, including Budapest, starts warming up after a cold winter in April, which is spring time - although this is also a rainy period. The weather in this part of Hungary is hot and humid throughout the summer months, which are the most popular time to visit. Eastern and central Hungary are flat and here the summers are hot and dry and the winters cold and wet; the wind is often strong on the plains and adds to the chill factor. In the south of Hungary there is a slightly warmer climate and the summers are long and hot while the winters are shorter and less severe, with temperatures that seldom drop below freezing. In the south the rainy season is summer.


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