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EU weather: when to visit where

It can be difficult planning your European city trip due to the differentiating weather in every region. The great thing about Europe is there are all kinds of weather, whether you want scorching heat or a cool Summer. However, this big difference in climate on our continent can get confusing. Us at Breaks.com have put together an overview of the best times to visit certain parts of Europe. Happy holidays!

WESTERN EUROPE

The region of Western Europe includes: Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Although within these countries there is difference in temperatures, the overall climate is comparable. In Winter, you will find temperatures of around 5°C. These rise to a comfortable, but warm 24°C in Summer. Both Spring and Autumn experience temperatures of 14°C. Western Europe is a perfect place to visit if you are not a fan of hot temperatures, and want to walk around comfortably on your next city break. Bear in mind that cities such as Paris and Amsterdam get extremely busy in Summer, as well as Monaco. We recommend Ireland and the United Kingdom as a trip in Autumn or Winter, as these are destinations that celebrate Christmas extravagantly – perfect for your Christmas shopping!

EASTERN EUROPE

Encompasses the countries of: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova and Belarus. Yes, it is a very large part of Europe – which is often forgotten!. Consider Eastern Europe as a next destination for your break, as it is beautiful in every season! With warm Summers of around 25°C and cold Winters with a high of 0°C, Eastern Europe is extremely versatile. You can find some of the best Winter markets, including log fires and local drinks to keep you warm. Visiting in Summer? There are great festivals like Sziget in Budapest, Hungary. The Croatian coast is very popular among tourists in the Summer. Or head to Russia if you have always wanted to see husky sled-dog races! With temperatures around 14°C in both Spring and Autumn in the southern countries, Eastern Europe should not be overlooked when looking for your next city break.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

Southern Europe includes the countries of: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, and Spain. This part of Europe is well-known for having the hottest Summers, in which temperatures can rise to a high of 30°C! If you are looking for sunbathing and swimming in the sea, South Europe is calling you. With beautiful coast lines and the best selection of Summer events, Southern Europe is perfect for your Summer holiday break. However, this part of Europe experiences colder weather too. With Winter temperatures with a high of 7°C, these countries are a lovely visit in the Winter months too. Noteworthy is that these places have some of the best kept secret ski-resorts as well! With average temperatures of 19°C in Spring and Autumn, Southern Europe is a great destination for whatever month you want to visit!

NORTHERN EUROPE

This part of Europe consists of: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. As you can imagine, these countries are famous for their cold winters. With a high (!) temperature of 1°C in the Winter months, you will definitely need to pack your warmest clothes for your trip to Northern Europe. These countries are great for winter walks, Christmas markets and more. However, with Summer temperatures of around 22°C, it is a very pleasant area to visit for those who do not like scorching weather. With most days being very sunny, the Northern European countries should not be overlooked for a Summer getaway. Additionally, the temperatures in Spring and Autumn are around 11°C, which is a great middle-ground if you want to visit Northern Europe without being too cold or warm.

Hopefully this guide has helped you get an idea of the temperatures around different parts of Europe throughout the year. Although this separation between areas is an easy way to overlook climates, you should remember that there is a difference between countries! For example, Russia is much colder than Hungary, although they are both in Eastern Europe! Therefore, do your research on where you plan your next trip and make sure you read our EU city guides for an overview of different places to visit!

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