Seasons in Vienna

The Capital of Austria is situated on foot of Alps in northeastern part of the country. Vienna has pronounced moderate continental climate with cold and snowy winters and hot rainy summers. The city also has significant altitude variety. Difference of altitude between the lowest and the highest points is almost 400 m (1312 ft.). Weather at summer and winter is rather stable while at autumn and spring it is uncertain.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Vienna

Spring comes to Vienna in fast manner. Season begins with leap of average temperatures above freezing. However in March weather is still shifty with occasional rainfall and gusty winds. In April temperature grows higher as well as amount of sunshine. Range of daily averages for March is 3-11 °C (37-52 °C) while April is warmer with its 8-16 °C (46-61 °F).

In the middle of April there is some kind of turning-point when spring is obvious by waking vegetation. At May temperature rises to comfortable range of 21 °C (70 °F) at noon and around 10 °C (50 °F) at evening. Rainfall grows from 39 mm (1.5”) in March to 61 mm (2.4”) in May.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: +8 °C (46 °F)
Min average t°: +1 °C (34 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1.8")
April
Max average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Min average t°: +6 °C (43 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1.8")
May
Max average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2.7")

Spring Holidays

March-April – Easter celebrations.
March – Bregenz Spring Festival, Vienna Spring Festival.

May – International Music Festival, Vienna Festival.
May 1 – Labor Day.
Second Sunday of May – Mother’s Day.

Summer in Vienna

Summer is warm in Vienna or even hot occasionally. Temperature may reach even 30 °C (86 °F) at afternoon of hottest day yet usually hovers around 26 °C (79 °F). First days of June are slightly cooler and drier than the rest of the season while the rest of it is hot and rainy. Average daytime temperatures for July and August are ranging between 17 °C (62 °F) and 27 °C (81 °F).

In general Vienna is relatively dry however there are around 8 days with significant precipitation in each month. Total of 200 mm (7.8”) of precipitation per season is evenly distributed through summer and falls as short showers. Sky quickly clears after rain so effect on amount of daylight hours is minor.


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 65 mm (2.5")
July
Max average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 84 mm (3.3")
August
Max average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2.7")

Summer Holidays

June – Danube Lower Austria Festival, Midsummer Night Celebration, Styriarte Graz, Vienna Jazz Festival.
July – Vienna Summer of Music, Festival of Early Music, Bregenz Summer Festival, Summer Stage, Music Film Festival.

Autumn in Vienna

 Autumn brings cooling and reduction of amount of precipitation to Vienna. Most of September it is quite pleasant and warm when air warms up to 20 °C (68 °F) at afternoon while at night temperature lowers to 9 °C (48 °F).Cooling continues through October to November. Daily averages of those moths are 9-15 °C (48-59 °F) and 3-8 °C (37-46 °F) respectively.

Average monthly amount of precipitation decreases to 32-50 mm (1.2-1.9”). In late November there is high probability of firs snow which will thaw almost immediately after falling. Unlike other localities on same longitude autumn in Vienna is more comfortable because it is drier.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 40 mm (1.5")
October
Max average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2.2")
November
Max average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Sundial in the day: 2 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2.2")

Autumn Holidays

September – Haydn Days, International Bruckner Festival.

October – Viennale, Wien Modern.
October 1 – Day of Coffee.
October 26 – National Day.

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

Winter in Vienna

Snow and moderate cold are typical for winter in Vienna. Temperature range is rather chilly than freezing however winds blowing from Alps occasionally cause snowstorms. In addition to snow there is probability of rains in winter.

Winter daytime averages are in range of 4-6 °C (39-43 °F). At nights air cools down to -1-0 °C (30-32 °F). January is the coldest month while February is slightly warmer than December. As for precipitation there are up 18 cm (7”) of snow and 21 to 34 mm (0.8-1.3”) of rain per month. Slush and ice crust are common in such conditions.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Min average t°: -1 °C (30 °F)
Sundial in the day: 2 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1.8")
January
Max average t°: +1 °C (34 °F)
Min average t°: -4 °C (25 °F)
Sundial in the day: 2 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 40 mm (1.6")
February
Max average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Min average t°: -2 °C (28 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1.8")

Winter Holidays

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

January - Berg Isel Ski Jumping Competition, Hahnenkamm World Cup Ski Race, Eistraum (Dream on Ice).
January 1 – New Year celebrations.
February – Opera Ball, Ski Festival.