Seasons in Lviv

Lviv is the cultural capital of Ukraine. Historic center of the city is included in UNESCO World Heritage List. The city is situated on borer of three geological regions: uplands, hills and plains. It has variety of relief, hence slight variations of weather across its territory.

Lviv has temperate humid climate. Main features of local weather are lowest summer temperatures and the biggest amount of precipitation among Ukrainian major cities. Winters are mild; temperature rarely goes below -20 °C (-4 °F). Summers are moderately warm with around 23 °C (73 °F). Rapid changes of weather and atmospheric pressure are common here. In some years strong winds blow causing minor destructions.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Lviv

Lviv is the cultural capital of Ukraine. Historic center of the city is included in UNESCO World Heritage List. The city is situated on borer of three geological regions: uplands, hills and plains. It has variety of relief, hence slight variations of weather across its territory.

Lviv has temperate humid climate. Main features of local weather are lowest summer temperatures and the biggest amount of precipitation among Ukrainian major cities. Winters are mild; temperature rarely goes below -20 °C (-4 °F). Summers are moderately warm with around 23 °C (73 °F). Rapid changes of weather and atmospheric pressure are common here. In some years strong winds blow causing minor destructions.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: +5 °C (41 °F)
Min average t°: -1.5 °C (29 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1.8")
April
Max average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 56 mm (2.2")
May
Max average t°: +18 °C (65 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (47 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 104 mm (4.1")

Spring Holidays

March-April – Easer Celebrations.
March 8 – Women’s Day.

May 1 – Labor Day.
First Saturday of May – Lviv’s Day.
Second Sunday of May – Mother’s Day.
May-June – “LvivKlezFest”.

Summer in Lviv

Summer weather in Lviv is like old rumbly tram seen through a drop of rain that about to fall off green leaf. Most of time air has close to perfect temperature of 22 °C (71 °F). It may reach 29 °C (84 °F) but occasional showers are there to ease heat. Summer days are perfect for every activity in the city in around it. Hiking in mountains, sightseeing or cultural leisure are completely available, though nights are chilly even in summer with their average of 12 °C (53 °F).


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +21.5 °C (71 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 94 mm (3.7")
July
Max average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 93 mm (3.7")
August
Max average t°: +22.5 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (53 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 53 mm (2.1")

Summer Holidays

June 1 – International Day of Protection of Chldren.
June 28 – Constitution Day.
June – Alfa Jazz Fest, “Leopolis Grand Prix”, “Diapason” Organ Music Festival.

July – “Night in Lviv” Fest.
July 7 – Kupala Night.

August 24 – Independence Day.

Autumn in Lviv

Air starts to cool own in late August and become really cool by the end of autumn. In general Lviv in autumn is rainy, though summer shows itself too. But any weather can’t spoil beauty of the city. Bursting colors of foliage is on slopes of local hills. They float in the air, lie of pavement and somehow sneak into souls, so it is impossible to stay indifferent.

Dry numbers say that daytime temperature decreases from 13 °C (55 °F) in September to 3 °C (37 °F) in November. But the city somehow manages to become warmer in metaphoric way even when daily amount of sunlight shrinks to couple of hours. November nights may be as cool as 0 °C (32 °F) or slightly cooler.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (47 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 59 mm (2.3")
October
Max average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 43 mm (1.7")
November
Max average t°: +5 °C (42 °F)
Min average t°: 0 °C (32 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4.5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 36 mm (1.4")

Autumn Holidays

September – Lviv Bandur Fest, Publishers Forum, Lviv Coffee Fest, Craft beer and vinyl music fest, Lviv IT-Arena.

October – Wiz-Art Festival of short films, Lviv Acoustic Fest, Fest of cheese and wine, Lviv Fashion Week.
October 14 – Day of Defenders.

Winter in Lviv

Winter in Lviv is some sort of special magic. Despite state of weather it grants pure feeling of home. With progression of the season temperature goes below freezing and at some point, when snow cover tends to stay for long, happens this. Warm city lights reflect from white snow and fall on walls of short buildings. And each small cloud of steam produced by breathing is soaked with this unique play of light, blends with mumbling crowds and sounds of traffic to create this cozy and festive felling.

Averages show reduction of daytime temperature from 1 °C (34 °F) to -1 °C (30 °F) and from -4 °C (25 °F) to -6 °C (21 °F) at night. In fact it is occasionally much cooler, down to -20 °C (-4 °F) from time to time. But fear not, Lviv will warm you even in coolest of days.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: +1 °C (33 °F)
Min average t°: -4 °C (25 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Snowy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (1.4")
January
Max average t°: -1.5 °C (30 °F)
Min average t°: -6 °C (21 °F)
Sundial in the day: 2 hours
Snowy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 32 mm (1.3")
February
Max average t°: 0 °C (32 °F)
Min average t°: -5 °C (24 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Snowy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 46 mm (1.8")

Winter Holidays

December – “Jazz Bez” International Festival.
December 31 – January 1 – New Year Celebration.
December 19 – St Nicholas’ Day.
December 25 – Catholic Christmas.

January 14 – Old-Style New Year.
January 19 – Epiphany.
7-9 January – Orthodox Christmas, “Flash of Christmas Star” Festival, Lviv Bun Fest.

February 14 – St Valentine’s Day and Lviv Chocolate Fest.


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