Climate & Weather

Ready for some small talk? Then let's talk about the weather!Grundlsee (a lake in Styria) in summer

To talk about typical weather in Austria in times of climate change might be a risky business, but nevertheless a few general remarks:


Austria is, like most of Europe, located in a temperate climatic zone. This basically means that

  • there are four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter
  • that the temperature in summer can reach 30°C (86°F) and more
  • that in winter the temperature is likely to drop below 0°C (32°F).
  • that it's usually neither very, very hot nor very, very cold.


a snow covered wooden bridge in Western Austria

In general there's a difference between the Eastern and the Western part of the country:

In the East summers typically are hot, winters not too cold and it doesn't rain that much.

In the mountainous regions of Western Austria the climate is rougher with shorter summers, long and cold winters and a lot of rain or snow.

 

 Region Month  min   max.
Average temperature
 Vienna / Inner City January 3.8°C (38.8°F) -0.8°C (25.9°F)
 July 26.7°C (80.1°F) 17.4°C (63.3°F)
 Vorarlberg / Feldkirch January 3.0°C (37.4°F) -3.4°C (30.6°F)
 July 23.9°C (75.0°F) 13.5°C (56.3°F)

 

Region
 Month
 Hours
 Average hours of sunshine

Vienna / Inner City

 January
65.5
 
 July
260.4
Vorarlberg / Feldkirch
 January
60.0
 July
215.0

 

Weather Vienna

 

Updated: 19.9.2012
Source for statistical data: www.zamg.ac.at: climate data for Austria 1971-2000
Photos: Grundlsee © Günter Havlena / pixelio.de; Die Brücke © Markus Kräft / pixelio.de