Seasons in Berlin

The capital of Germany and second most populated city in Europe is situated in eastern part of the country close to border with Poland. Berlin lies between two hills and partially on their slopes. The climate of the city is continental with some features of maritime weather.

Summers in the city are usually rainy and warm or even hot from time to time. Winters in their turn are cool with little. In addition uptown and suburbs are cooler by couple degrees because of lower housing density and more open spaces.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Berlin

Spring comes to the city according to calendar. First days of March usually bring warming and growing season starts. Actual warming is not as pronounced however gusty piercing winds and night frosts are in past. At April weather becomes better with growth of amount of sunlight hours one hand but on the other hand precipitation grows too. At afternoon temperature reach 15-16 °C (59-61 °F).

At May spring rules the city but evenings and nights are still cool enough. Daily range for this month is between 19 °C (66 °F) and 8 °C (46 °F). Such shift should be taken to account while packing for voyage to Berlin n spring. In general weather is stable and pleasant even despite occasional rains.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: +8 °C (46 °F)
Min average t°: 0 °C (32 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 40 mm (1.6")
April
Max average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5.5 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1.8")
May
Max average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2.2")

Spring Holidays

March – MaerzMusik (March Music).
March-April – Easter celebrations, Festival Days Berlin.

April – Gallery Weekend Berlin.
April 1 – April’s Fool Day.

May – Carnival of Cultures, German Day of Mills.
Second Sunday of May – Mother’s Day.
May 1 – Labor Day, Maifeiertag.
May 10 – Books Day.

Summer in Berlin

Temperature in June reaches comfortable range of 17-22 °C (62-71 °F). In terms of rainfall this is the wettest month of a year. Sudden showers are common but with suddenness they are fast and leave behind only pleasant freshness.

Actual temperature ranges of July and August are only bit higher however due to higher humidity weather feels hotter than readings of thermometer. In addition summer weather in Berlin is shifty. It warms up to 30 °C (86 °F) and cools down to 16 °C (61 °F) with steady rain so cautious traveler should be prepared for this.


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2.7")
July
Max average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2.2")
August
Max average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 65 mm (2.5")

Summer Holidays

June 24 – John the Baptist’s Day.
July – Classic Open Air, Christopher Street Day.

August – Long Night of Museums, International Berlin Beer Festival.
August 15 – Ascension.

Autumn in Berlin

September is relatively warm month with daily range of 19-10 °C (66-50 °F). It is comfortable for strolls at afternoon or evening. Frequency and amount of precipitation decreases too as well as amount of daylight hours. Afternoons at October are cooler with temperature around 13 °C (55 °F) while before and after sunset it is breezy 6 °C (43 °F). Also time of drizzle comes in October so umbrella is necessary.

Naturally last month of autumn is even colder with daily temperature averaging between 7 °C (44 °F) and 2 °C (35 °F). Late November brings dampness and fogs to Berlin. Rains start and stop without any warning because sky is cloudy most of time.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1.8")
October
Max average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Min average t°: +6 °C (43 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3.5 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 40 mm (1.6")
November
Max average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Min average t°: +2 °C (36°F)
Sundial in the day: 2 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2")

Autumn Holidays

September – Berlin Art Week, Berlin Marathon.
October – Festival of Lights.
First Sunday of October – Festival of Harvest.
October 3 – Day of Unity.
October 31 – Halloween. The Reformation Day.

November – JazzFest Berlin.
November 1 – All Saints Day.
Noember 9 – Schicksalstag (Fateful day).
November 11 – St. Martin’s Day.

Winter in Berlin

Winter is moderately cold in Berlin. Temperature usually goes to around -4 °C (25 °F) only at night and daytime averages for season are around 3 °C (37 °F). December is rainy to certain extent and windy. Sea winds and damp weather are not quite pleasant yet completely bearable. Christmas and New Year are usually snowless.

In January and February there is probability of snow but snow cover remains for only about three weeks. In general winter weather in Berlin is stable but from to time it presents “surprises” such as snowfall of sudden shift of temperature.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Min average t°: -1 °C (30 °F)
Sundial in the day: 1 hour
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2.2")
January
Max average t°: +2 °C (36 °F)
Min average t°: -3 °C (27 °F)
Sundial in the day: 1.5 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1.8")
February
Max average t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Min average t°: -2 °C (28 °F)
Sundial in the day: 2.5 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 40 mm (1.6")

Winter Holidays

December 6 – St. Nicolas’s Day.
December 24 – Christmas Eve.
December 25 – Christmas.
December 26 – St. Stephen’s Day.

January – Transmediale.
January 1 – New Year’s Day.
February – The Berlinale.