Climate and Average Weather in Austria
Austria has a temperate and alpine climate. Austria's terrain is highly mountainous due to the presence of the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 meters (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,797 meters (12,457 ft). This makes Austria a popular destination for skiing and snowboarding from mid-November till the end of March.
What is summer like in Austria?
In summer the daytime temperature is warm with an average maximum temperature of 26.5 degrees Celsius (79.7°F) in July in Vienna. Nights are often much cooler. The amount of rain during summer can vary depending on location. For example in Innsbruck it rains 128 mm (5.0 in) in July, while it rains a lot less in Vienna with just 63mm (2.5 in).
In general the weather in Austria can completely change within one or a few days. Also within the country itself there can be quite large differences in weather type and temperature during the same day. Especially in the Alpine regions this is very common. On each mountain side there can be large differences.
Austria experiences four distinct seasons. Winter starts in December and lasts until the end March. This is followed by spring which takes place from March until June. Summer lasts from the end of June till the end of September. Autumn is from the end of September till December.
What is the best time to visit Austria?
The best period to visit Austria is from May to September, if you disregard the winter sports period. If you want to enjoy summer weather during your holiday in Austria, then you should focus on the summer months of July and August. Just keep in mind it can sometimes be hot in the lower areas and in the middle of summer there is a reasonable chance of thunderstorms, which can be violent and spectacular in the mountain areas.
Interested in more detailed Weather and Climate information?
Please select the city below you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperature over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.