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Climate in the Czech Republic

This guide is to help you to plan your trip so that you aren’t caught out by something unexpected concerning the weather. There are certain climate patters repeating annually that allow us foreseeing the weather conditions so you may get prepared in advance.

The area of the Czech Republic, a landlocked country, in the heart of Europe lies in the moderate climate zone in the Northern hemisphere. It is affected by weather patterns from both the east (Siberia) and west (Atlantic). Continental influences are marked by large fluctuations in both temperature and precipitation, while moderating oceanic influences diminish from west to east. It can be also characterised by four different seasons changing quarterly. Each season has very specific and unique features. You should think through what part of year you would like to come for a visit because each season has its pros and cons. The link here tells more about the average temperatures for each month and some more click here (data are for Prague).

Winter (officially 21.12.)

December, January, February – the coldest months of the year, temperatures fall normally under the zero and it is sometimes (quite often) accompanied by snow (also in the cities), in the higher altitudes – the mountains are always covered by the blanket of snow, the dusk starts around 4 – 5 PM

Spring (officially 20.3.)

March, April, May – snow begins to melt and the temperature starts ascending but it can still be chilly and quite capricious, flowers in blossom are gradually to be seen – first sign of spring signifies the first snowdrops that appear in the gardens, the dusk starts around 6 – 8 PM

Summer (officially 21.6.)

June, July, August – the warmest months of the year, temperatures are soaring up to 30°C, the drawback of this sun-filled season are the rains and storms so be ready to have your umbrella, night gets sometimes cooler, the dusk starts around 9 PM

Fall/Autumn (officially 23.9)

September, October, November – this season is filled with colours – the leaves start changing from the bright green to yellow or red as the temperature descends significantly, it is also characterized by the winds and overcast skies, this chilly period prepares us for the upcoming harsh freeze, the first snow may appear, the dusk starts at about 4 – 6 PM.

Weather in the Czech Republic

Czech Republic is by its size pretty tiny country. However, we can still find the climate differences within its borders. For example the whole country is surrounded by mountain range, meaning that the topography makes all sorts of variations. Lowlands spread from east to west in the central part of Bohemia and in the southern part of Moravia. It is noticeably warmer in these parts compared to any others.

The current weather for the whole country is to be found here.

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Weather in Prague

The weather conditions in Prague correspond to the overview mentioned in the previous paragraphs. But the fundamental is that it has temperate climate with variations throughout the year.

In the winter Prague has definitely its own magic. The snow may cover the surface but it sooner or later melts so it doesn’t usually last till too long. However, the weather is of course pretty unpredictable so it may as well burst into snow storm but it is not very common.

Spring season is maybe one of the best times to come for a visit, especially in the month of May. All the nature wakes up after months of hibernation. The cherish atmosphere when everything comes back to their lives is all around.

Summer months are a very popular touristic season and no wonder why. The weather is warm and sunny but sometimes the heat waves are overwhelming so the people with respiratory problems may have some trouble. The rain showers come up more often than any other time.

Colourful and chilly – these two characteristics define the fall/autumn season. Getting dressed warmer is a must because the wind and overcast sky may get in your way. Nevertheless there are also these beautiful sunshine days that literally call you out for a walk.

To check the current temperatures and the forecast click here.

Some other climate-related characteristics

It may be also good to know that in the Czech Republic there is no need to worry about anything like tornadoes, hurricanes or earthquakes. Normally, there isn’t the convenient environment for such natural hazards. However, the weather is its own master so we could of course encounter winds that reach the hurricane speed but really scarcely. The only one that may appear in this country represents the flood. In the summer months the rate of precipitation is high thus the country might get endangered when it turns into permanent rains. The most recent catastrophic flood took place in August, 2002. The persistent precipitation hit gradually the whole territory including Prague. It reached levels of 100-year values. Vltava River was rushing through Prague causing a real wreaking havoc.

All in a nutshell: What should you know about?

–        There are four seasons changing quarterly  offering a great scale of weather variations

–        The climate differs markedly among the regions as well

–        January is the coldest month

–        February is the driest month

–        July and August are the warmest months but quite rainy (sometimes storms)

–        Hot summers vs. cold winters

–        The wettest is the period from May to August (umbrella is recommended)

–        In winter (Dec., Jan., Feb.) the temperatures get normally below zero

–        It is sometimes pretty unpredictable (i.e. Indian summer in September, snow in October, etc.)

–        The average temperature in the Czech Republic is 7,8 °C (46 °F)

–        There is no need to be afraid of the hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms and earthquakes on the normal basis, however, it can scarcely appear even in this area

–        Flood is representing the major natural hazard

–        67% of the country doesn’t exceed 500 m above sea level, 32 % is in the range of 500 -1000 m and only 1 % lies at the altitude is higher than 1000 m

Prague’s monthly average temperatures in comparison to other cities in the world

The tables below give us example of the average temperatures throughout the whole year in other important cities allowing us to compare the variations and differences (similarities) among all of them.

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January 0/-5 32/23 4 / -3 39 / 26 7/2 44/36 6/1 43/34 26/18 79/64 1/-10 34/14
February 2/-5 36/23 5 / -3 41 / 27 8/3 46/37 7/1 45/34 26/18 79/64 4/-7 39/19
March 8/0 46/32 8/1 46 / 34 10/4 50/39 12/4 54/39 24/17 75/62 10/-1 51/30
April 12/2 54/36 16/6 61 / 44 13/5 55/41 16/6 61/43 22/14 72/57 20/7 68/44
May 18/7 64/45 21/11 70 / 53 17/9 63/48 20/10 68/50 19/11 66/52 26/13 79/55
June 21/10 70/50 27 / 17 81 / 63 20/12 68/53 23/13 72/55 16/9 61/48 30/18 86/64
July 23/12 73/54 29 / 18 85 / 64 22/14 72/57 25/15 77/59 16/8 61/46 31/22 88/72
August 23/12 73/54 28 / 19 83 / 66 22/13 72/55 24/14 75/57 17/9 62/48 29/20 85/68
September 19/9 66/49 25 / 16 77 / 60 19/11 66/52 21/12 70/54 19/11 66/52 26/14 79/57
October 13/5 55/41 19/10 67 / 50 15/9 59/48 16/8 61/46 22/13 72/55 19/7 67/44
November 5/0 41/32 12/5 54 / 41 10/5 50/41 10/5 50/41 23/16 73/61 10/0 50/32
December 2/-2 36/28 5 / -1 41 / 30 8/3 46/36 7/2 45/36 25/17 77/62 3/-7 37/19

Detailed weather forecast you can find here: http://www.yr.no/place/Czech_Republic/Prague/Prague/long.html