Budapest has a continental weather. Winter months are cold with frequent snowfalls, while summer months are not too hot, with scattered rain showers. Spring months, on the other hand, are characterized by mild temperatures; Budapest in autumn is particularly charming.
Spring and autumn, with their mild and pleasant temperatures, are the best times for lovers of art and culture: the Spring Festival, the Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál, runs from mid-March to early April and is one of the country’s great cultural events. Ballet, opera, and opera make up the rest with more than 200 events dotted around the capital.
During this time of the year the weather is particularly enjoyable. During the day the sun is not excessively warm, while at night temperatures get lower and the air gets crisp. Temperatures may range from a minimum of 5 degrees up to 18 degrees, with frequent rainfalls and possible snowfalls, especially in March.
The summer season offers hot and humid but still bearable weather, with occasional sudden rains in the form of thunderstorms. July is the hottest month of the season and temperatures, although rarely, can exceed 35 °C.
These months, starting in May, are the wildest with a very active nightlife. Open-air discos, sometimes along the river, and tables on the squares attract large numbers of people, whether for a drink or a laugh among friends.
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During this time of the year the weather is characterized by sunny days and temperatures can be extremely nice; however, sometimes temperature can jump down to 0 degrees. On September-October temperatures may reach up to 20 degrees, while November brings long rainy days and cold temperatures.
Winter brings frequent snowfalls, even if they do not last too long. However, the weather is cold and days are cloudy. January is the coldest month, when the average temperatures get below 0 degrees.
The month of December is ideal for all those who love the pre-Christmas festive atmosphere and strolling among the numerous Christmas market stalls such as those on Vörösmarty Square.
The hottest months of the year in Budapest are June, July and August, when the monthly average temperature reaches 26 °C, while the coldest months of February and January the thermometer drops up to -3 °C.
In Budapest rainiest months of the year are June, October, November, May, August and September during which monthly rainfall average reaches 70 mm. On the other side, driest months are January, March, April, July, December and February when the average rainfall is reduced to 30 mm per month.
June, August and July are sunniest months of the year. During that months, from sunrise to sunset there are 10 total light hours in Budapest. In January, November and December daylight hours are reduced to 1.
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