Seasons in Salzburg

In general climate in Salzburg is continental. However closeness of the Alps influences weather conditions of the city. Summers are usually warm and comfortable except bit rainy. Temperature averages of winter and features of precipitation form snow cover. Due to location there is quite significant amount of precipitation especially in summer. In addition in spring occur seasonal winds which descent from mountains.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Salzburg

Spring starts with gradual increasing of temperatures and amount of rainfall. Steady growth of daytime averages leads from 10 °C (50 °F) at March to 20 °C (68 °F) at May. On the other hand at night air is chilly even at last month of the season when it warms up from 1 °C (34 °F) to 8 °C (46 °F).

In spring precipitation is on its way to summer peak. Amount of rainfall grows from 78 mm at March to 115 mm (4.5”) at May. In addition at March and early April there is snow. During first month of the season falls around 29 cm (11.4”) of it while in April it comes to neigh.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Min average t°: -1 °C (31 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 78 mm (3.1")
April
Max average t°: +15 °C (58 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (38 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 75 mm (3.0")
May
Max average t°: +20 °C (67 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 122 mm (4.9")

Spring Holidays

March-April – Easter celebrations.
March – Preberlauf.

May 1 – Labor Day.
Second Sunday of May – Mother’s Day.

Summer in Salzburg

Two main features of summer weather in Salzburg are rain and heat. Though daytime averages for whole season are 22-24 °C (71-75 °F) actually air often warms up to 30 °C (86 °F) or even higher. Nights in their turn are cooler than it may be expected. Averages for evenings are in range of 11-13 °C (52-55 °F).

Precipitation in summer is abundant. Up to half of days of the season have significant precipitation. Almost half of annual amount of rainfall sheds in summer. Locals call this kind of steady downpour Schnürlregen. However there are no clouds when it is not raining so summer is also brightest season in term of sunlight.


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 128 mm (5.0")
July
Max average t°: +24 °C (76 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10.5 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 115 mm (4.5")
August
Max average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 94 mm (3.7")

Summer Holidays

June – Out of Bonds Festival, Mozart 100, Alpine summer opening.
July – Salzburg festival.
August – Jazz festival Saalfelden, Harvest festival, Ironman 70.3.

Autumn in Salzburg

At autumn temperature and precipitation are decreasing. Daytime averages gradually reduce from pleasant 20 °C (68 °F) at September to mere 8 °C (46 °F) at November. Naturally at night it is colder too. From September to November evening temperature lowers from 10 °C (50 °F) to 0 °C (32 °F). Starting from late October there is probability of night frosts and in November it starts to snow.

Rain is still here too however its amount decreases from 100 mm (4”) in September to 72 mm (2.8”) at November. Compared to more than 150 mm (6”) of each of summer months those numbers are nothing. Amount of sunshine naturally reduces too due to position of the sun on the sky and overcast.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 107 mm (4.2")
October
Max average t°: +14 °C (58 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (38 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 77 mm (3.0")
November
Max average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Min average t°: 0 °C (32 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 48 mm (1.9")

Autumn Holidays

September – Parachute target jumping world cup.

October 26 – National Day.

November 1 – All Saints Day.
November 11 – St. Martin’s Day.
November 15 – St. Leopold’s Day.

Winter in Salzburg

Weather in December sets the mood for whole season. Basically it is cold, dark and snowy. Daytime averages hovering between 3 °C (37 °F) and 6 °C (43 °F) while at night temperature lowers to -3 °C (26 °F) at December and February and -4 °C (25 °F) in January. Lower than average temperatures are common for the area (at least to extent of possibility of previous statement).

There are up to 12 days with significant precipitation per month. There are both rain and snow. As for numbers there is 52-73 mm (2-2.8”) of rain and up to 28 cm (11”) of snow.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: +3 °C (38 °F)
Min average t°: -3 °C (26 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4.5 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 98 mm (3.9")
January
Max average t°: +2.5 °C (37 °F)
Min average t°: -5 °C (23 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 138 mm (5.4")
February
Max average t°: +5 °C (41 °F)
Min average t°: -4 °C (24 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 57 mm (2.2")

Winter Holidays

December 6 – St. Nicholas’s Day.
December 25 – Christmas.
December 26 – St. Stephen’s Day.

January – Audi fis ladies night slalom, Mountain Attack,
January 1 – New Year celebrations.