Seasons in Hamburg

Hamburg is the second biggest city of Germany. It is major port that situated on both banks of river Elbe in 110 km (68 mi.) from the place where the river meets the North Sea. There are numerous bridges above the river and tunnels underneath it.

Hamburg is in the northern part of Germany therefore its weather is influenced by air masses from above the Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic Sea. Those features are resulting high humidity, winds and frequent precipitation through whole year. There are moderate winters almost without snow and comfortable summers with smooth transitional seasons.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Hamburg

Actual warmth comes to the city in late March when temperature grows from 8 °C (46 °F) to 12 °C (53 °F) in April. In May air warms up to 17 °C (62 °F). Nighttime temperature range for the season is between 1 °C (34 °F) and 7 °C (44 °F) and amount of daylight hours increases too. May is the sunniest month of the season.

Precipitation is distributes evenly through a year and each month has 9 to 12 days with rain so umbrella is necessary to visit the city. Actually May is one of the best months to visit Hamburg for weather is great and tourists are not crowding the city yet.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Min average t°: 0 °C (32 °F)
Water t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 42 mm (1.7")
April
Max average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Water t°: +8 °C (46 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 40 mm (1.6")
May
Max average t°: +17.5 °C (64 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (44 °F)
Water t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 57 mm (2.2")

Spring Holidays

March-April – Spring DOM Fair. Easter Celebrations.
April 1 – April’s Fool Day.

May – Street festivals (Osterstrassenfest, Eppendorfer Landstrassenfest, St. Georg Stadtteilfest)
Second Sunday of May – Mother’s Day.
May 1 – Labor Day.
May 10-13 – Port Anniversary.

Summer in Hamburg

Summer weather in Hamburg is comfortable. In June daytime average temperature reaches 20 °C (68 °F) and keeps growing until late July. In next two months averages of 21-25 °C (70-77 °F) are usual. However evenings are still cool with range of 10-12 °C (50-53 °F) so couple of jackets or sweaters will be handy. Summer is the rainiest season of a year. Monthly amount of precipitation is around 80 mm and it falls as fast showers. Such weather does not interfere with numerous activities available in Hamburg.


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +21 °C (69 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Water t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 62 mm (2.4")
July
Max average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Water t°: +18.5 °C (65 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 69 mm (2.7")
August
Max average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Water t°: +18.7 °C (66 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 61 mm (2.4")

Summer Holidays

June – Harley Days.
June 24 – John the Baptist’s Day.

July – Atonale music and arts festival, Schlagermove parade, Bernstorffstrassen Festival.
July-August – Summer DOM fair.

August – Hamburg Pride & CSD, DOCKVILLE music festival.
August-September – Alstervergnügen Festival.

Autumn in Hamburg

In autumn air gradually cools down from 18 °C in September to 7 °C (44 °F) at November. Usually there are no rapid changes of temperature and it becomes bit colder every day. Naturally nights are cooler to with decreasing of averages from 10 °C (50 °F) to 5 °C (41 °F).

Comparing to previous season amount of precipitation is lower as well as amount of sunshine hours. Days become darker due to overcast and rain is less comfortable because of it is drizzly. Combining with high relative humidity such type of precipitation makes weather wet.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48 °F)
Water t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 46 mm (1.8")
October
Max average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Min average t°: +5 °C (42 °F)
Water t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2.0")
November
Max average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Min average t°: +2 °C (36 °F)
Water t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 42 mm (1.7")

Autumn Holidays

September – Reeperbahn Festival.
October 3 – German Unification Day.
October 31 – Halloween. The Reformation Day.

November 1 – All Saints Day.
November 9 – Schicksalstag (Fateful day).
November 11 – St. Martin’s Day.
November-December – Winter DOM Fair.

Winter in Hamburg

Globally winter in Hamburg seem to be mild. At least temperature stays above freezing most of time with seasonal daytime averages of 3-5 °C (37-41 °F). Evenings and nights are chilly with averages hovering around -1 °C (30 °F). Amount of rain is almost same as in autumn.

Snow falls rarely and lies for only couple days. In addition winter is the darkest time of a year. Amount of daylight hours of whole season is smaller than is sole April. Clouds and global location of the city are resulting this.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Min average t°: -1 °C (31 °F)
Water t°: +6 °C (43 °F)
Sundial in the day: 2.5 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 59 mm (2.3")
January
Max average t°: +2 °C (36 °F)
Min average t°: -3 °C (27 °F)
Water t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 61 mm (2.4")
February
Max average t°: +3 °C (38 °F)
Min average t°: -3 °C (27 °F)
Water t°: +2 °C (36 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 38 mm (1.5")

Winter Holidays

December – Christmas markets.
December 6 – St. Nicolas’s Day.
December 24 – Christmas Eve.
December 25 – Christmas.
December 26 – St. Stephen’s Day.
December 31 – New Year’s Eve.
January 1 – New Year’s Day.