Seasons in Belgium

Very much of our first impression about country depends on mood and weather. However Belgium is small and cozy European country in any time of year. Due to high amount of precipitations it even called “Kingdom of Rains”. In September the weather in the country doesn’t quite match its nickname. But for the rest year umbrella will be necessary. And despite the great amount of rain you won’t be able not to love this country from the first look.

Belgium is not very popular among tourists. But this small country offer unique atmosphere of Europe. Brussels, Bruges and some other cities are representing concentrated spirit if modern and traditional European civilization like no others.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Belgium

March in Belgium is quite dull and foggy with frequent rains. But with passing of days it became warmer. Temperature rises to 12°С (54°F). And then comes April, the sunniest month through whole year. Although many prefer to go to Belgium in May this month is not most conducive to have a trip. Air masses from the Atlantic often bring long rains and cool weather.

At springtime Belgians as the rest of Christian world celebrate Easter with traditional “egg hunting”. And similar to many countries in the world they celebrate Labour Day at May 1st. And in a week past Labour Day Belgians celebrate Mother’s Day. Catholic religious celebrations are common in Belgium however Constitution of country proclaims religious freedom.

The climate of the spring months

(Brussels)

March
Max average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Min average t°: +2 °C (35.6 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2")
April
Max average t°: +14 °C (57.2 °F)
Min average t°: +5 °C (41 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2.2")
May
Max average t°: +18 °C (64.4 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2.2")

Spring holidays

  • March 27th: Easter.
  • May 1st: Labour Day.
  • May 5th: Ascension.
  • May 8th: Mother’s Day.
  • May 15th: Catholic Pentecost.

Summer in Belgium

Belgian Summer will be highly appreciated by those who avoid excessive heat and extremely bright sun. Average temperature of this season lies in range between 16°С (61°F) and 25°С (77°F) and only in abnormally hot years reaches 30°С (86°F). So summer in Belgium is the best season for sightseeng and other touristic activities.

Although moody Atlantic Ocean may at any time send down rain and cool weather summer in Belgium is a great time for lovers of mountains walks and hiking, and for lovers of seaside vacations. Swimming at Belgium shores is only for persistent people because water temperature rarely reaches temperature above 17°С (63°F). But despite cool water Belgium sea resorts are totally worth visiting.

The climate of the summer months

(Brussels)

June
Max average t°: +22 °C (71.6 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (51.8 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2.2")
Jule
Max average t°: +23 °C (73.4 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (53.6 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 80 mm (3.1")
August
Max average t°: +22 °C (71.6 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (53.6 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2.7")


Summer holidays

  • June 12th: Father's Day.
  • July 11th: Flemish Community Holiday.
  • July 15th: Festival "Ghent holidays".
  • July 21st: Belgian National Day.
  • August 15th: Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

Autumn in Belgium

As it has been mentioned September is one of the sunniest months in the ear. The rains come mainly in the Ardennes, although sometimes the rest of the country gets its own portion of water from sky. By the beginning of October weather became colder and rains are gradually gain territories so even the most persistent tourists prefer to leave beaches.

And then comes November which considered as one of the rainiest months of the year. Strong winds blow on the coasts and in Ardennes can even fall some snow. However it won’t last long. Average air temperature is in range between 7°С (45°F) and 12°С (53°F). However, due to the high humidity it may seem colder.

The climate of the autumn months

(Brussels)

September
Max average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (51.8 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2.7")
October
Max average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (44.6 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2.7")
November
Max average t°: +9 °C (48.2 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37.4 °F)
Sundial in the day: 2 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2.7")

Autumn holidays

  • September 27th: Day of the French Community.
  • November 1st: All Saints' Day.
  • November 2nd: All Souls' Day.
  • November 11th: Armistice Day in Belgium.
  • November 15th: Day of the royal dynasty in Belgium.

Winter in Belgium

In winter the thermometer rarely shows below 0°C (32°F), the temperature is an average of 0°C and 3°C (37°F). But relative comfort of temperature is reduced almost to zero by cold and dank winds which are especially strong at the coasts and in mountains. Snow falls from time to time but it quickly melts. Water temperature is an average of 5°C (41°F), which does not prevent some thrill fans from swimming. Between January and February marine cyclone can bring warming.

Daytime temperature about-3°C (37°F) and any layer of snow which stayed on the surface more than a day are unequivocal deviations from the norm in Belgium. Only in the Ardennes, where it snows almost through whole February, snow cover may remain for a week or two.

The climate of the winter months

(Brussels)

December
Max average t°: +6 °C (42.8 °F)
Min average t°: 0 °C (32 °F)
Sundial in the day: 1 hour
Rainy days: 13 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2.7")
January
Max average t°: +4 °C (39.2 °F)
Min average t°: -1 °C (30.2 °F)
Sundial in the day: 2 hours
Rainy days: 14 days
Precipitation: 75 mm (3")
February
Max average t°: +7 °C (44.6 °F)
Min average t°: 0 °C (32 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 60 mm (2.4")

Winter holidays

  • December 6th: Catholic St. Nicholas Day.
  • December 25th: Christmas.
  • January 1st: New Year’s Day.