Seasons in Hungary

Hungary has advantageous location. It’s mostly plain territory is covered from piercing winds of Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas. All unpleasant climatic manifestations are cut off by Carpathian, Balkan Mountains and partly by Alps.

Such conditions formed temperate continental climate with plenty of sunny days. In fact Hungary is the sunniest country among all in Central Europe. Summer is warm with occasional fast showers and winter is mild but rather humid.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Hungary

March brings first wave of significant warming. At first week of March begins constant growth of temperature up to 20 °C (68 °F) at April. Temperature growth is accompanied by increasing humidity. Blending of those causes milky fogs. But they don’t last for long and dullness changes to bright sunshine.

May may bring showers. But they don’t interfere relaxation. Moreover cheerful and fast rain emphasizes beauty of blooming nature and majesty of architectural treasures. Yet travelers should be aware of rains and prepare umbrellas. Hungary Is the best country for those who love peaceful and contemplative vacations.

The climate of the spring months

(Budapest)

March
Max average t°: +10.5 °C (51 °F)
Min average t°: +2 °C (36 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 36 mm (1,4")
April
Max average t°: +17 °C (62 °F)
Min average t°: +6 °C (44 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 1 days
Precipitation: 27 mm (1.1")
May
Max average t°: +22 °C (71 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (51 °F)
Sundial in the day 10,5 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 52 mm (2,1")

Spring holidays

March-April – Easter celebrations with variable dates.
March 8 - International Women's Day
March 15 – Day of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.

May 1 – International Worker’s Day.
May 13 – Mother’s Day.
May 21 – National Defense Day.

Summer in Hungary

Judging by change of seasons in Hungary it is quite reasonable to assume that calendar itself was invented here. Summer weather begins at first week of June and by the end of the month temperature reaches pleasant 27 °C (81 °F).

July is a bit warmer and August has the same temperature range. Warm and sunny weather along with heady refreshing showers are distinctive features of Hungarian summer. But nights may rather cool so couple of blouses and long pants are necessary.

Summer provides all kinds of activities available in Hungary i.e. fishing, hiking and sightseen, health-improvement and all sorts of admissions to cultural heritage.

The climate of the summer months

(Budapest)

June
Max average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 35 mm (1,4")
July
Max average t°: +27 °C (80 °F)
Min average t°: +16 °C (60 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 36 mm (1,4")
August
Max average t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11,5 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 24 mm (1,0")


Summer holidays

June 4 - Day of National Unity.

June 19 – Day of the Independent Hungary.

August 20 – State Foundation Day.

Autumn in Hungary

At September weather in Hungary is still warm. Tourists are attracted by lakes with suitable for swimming temperature. Hungarian bodies of water are attractive to fishermen of all qualifications as well. Lake Balaton for instance is swarming with more than 50 species of fish.

First half of autumn is the best time for thoughtful acquaintance with outstanding cultural heritage of Hungary. There’s no hordes of tourist and plenty of time for spectating historical wonders.

October brings cold snap and increased frequency of precipitation and fogs. November even colder and rainier yet temperature still holds at about 7 °C (45 °C). Reliable protection of mountains provides cover from cyclones thus smooth transition of weather conditions through whole year.

The climate of the autumn months

(Budapest)

September
Max average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (53 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 48 mm (1,9")
October
Max average t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (44 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1,8")
November
Max average t°: +8 °C (47 °F)
Min average t°:+2,5 °C (37 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 38 mm (1,5")

Autumn holidays

October 6 – Memorial Day for the Martyrs of Arad.
October 23 – Day of Remembrance of the Hungarian Uprising of 1956.
October 31 – Halloween.

November 1 – All Saints Day.

Winter in Hungary

Thaws are common for Hungarian winter however there are 30 to 40 days of snow cover. Danube and other rivers and lakes are covered with ice. Severe frosts aren’t inherent to climate of Hungary but due to high humidity even average 2 °C (36 °F) can be cold.

In terms of attractions winter in Hungary can offer travelers cozy festivities of Christmas and New Year. Fishermen are able to undertake ice-fishing at some lakeside resorts. In addition second half of January and whole February are considered as a “low season” so visiting country at this time is way cheaper.

The climate of the winter months

(Budapest)

December
Max average t°: -1 °C (39 °F)
Min average t°: 0 °C (30 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Snowy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 29 mm (1,1")
January
Max average t°: -3 °C (35 °F)
Min average t°:-3 °C (26 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Snowy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 31 mm (1,2")
February
Max average t°:-1 °C (39 °F)
Min average t°: -3 °C (30 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4,5 hours
Snowy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1,8")

Winter holidays

December 6 – St. Nicholas Day in Hungary.
December 25 – Christmas.

January 1 – New Year.
February 14 – Valentine's Day.