POLAND – Have you ever considered visiting Poland one day? Have you ever wondered which season is the best to travel to this country? Here is some useful information about the weather and seasons in Poland to help you plan your trip to this beautiful nation.
Poland’s geography encompasses almost the entire lowlands of Northern Europe, with an average elevation of 173 meters (568 ft). The Sudetes (including Karkonosze) and the Carpathian Mountains (including the Tatra Mountains, where Poland’s highest point, Rysy, stands at 2,499 meters or 8,199 feet) form the southern border.
Many major rivers traverse the lowlands, including the Wisła, Odra, Warta (in the west), and Bug. Poland boasts over 9,300 lakes, primarily in the northern part of the country. Mazuria is the largest and most visited lake region in Poland. Ancient forest remnants can still be found; see the List of Forests in Poland, or the Białowieża Forest. Poland experiences a temperate climate with cold winters, frequent clouds, somewhat harsh winter weather, and pleasant summers, often with rain and thunderstorms.
First and foremost, you should be aware that the weather in Poland is highly unpredictable. Due to significant daily and yearly variations, it’s challenging to predict what the weather will be like at any given time.
In general, the seasons in Poland are distinct. Spring begins in March, and while it can start off chilly, it gradually warms up. It’s an ideal season for those who prefer pleasant warmth over scorching summer heat. Spring is perfect for sightseeing, hiking, and even long-distance walking in Poland due to the low temperatures and humidity.
Summer in Poland kicks off in June and is usually the hottest and sunniest season of the year. June is considered the hottest month, at least in theory. In practice, you can’t count on it unless you enjoy disappointment. The weather varies greatly from year to year, as mentioned above. However, summer brings plenty of sunshine, making it an ideal time for recreational activities, as all the Baltic Sea resorts are fully equipped and bustling with tourists and locals alike. The busiest resort months are June, July, and August.
Autumn starts in September and, as it begins during late summer, is typically warm and sunny. However, this warmth is short-lived as it gradually gets colder and foggier by November. There’s something about autumn in Poland with its beautiful, colorful foliage that has earned it the nickname “Polish golden autumn.” They say there’s no better time for a trip to visit the Polish mountains. The main draw is the stunning scenery during autumn.
Then comes winter in Poland, which is often gray and damp. Temperatures drop quickly, days grow shorter, and snow is frequent. Although winter in Poland lasts from December to March, snow on the mountains can linger until May. It’s no problem for winter sports enthusiasts and holiday planners. The coldest months are January and February, with temperatures frequently plummeting to -20°C.
This is just a general overview of the different seasons in Poland. More often than not, due to global warming, the weather can be quite unpredictable. One year’s winter may have little to no snow, while in other years, heavy snowfall may paralyze transportation for days on end. The same goes for summer. You might be disappointed with cold and damp conditions one year, but you could experience a warm and sunny season the next. All in all, be prepared for anything and hope for good weather when you visit Poland. Quickly brush up on your knowledge and communication skills in Polish for a smoother and more enjoyable trip. It’s much easier to travel and explore the country when you are proficient in the language.