Best Times to Visit Warsaw
The best time to visit Warsaw is between June and August. Although these months constitute Warsaw's peak season, summer's pleasant temperatures (which hover in the 50s, 60s and 70s) and ample seasonal activities make up for dealing with larger crowds at attractions. If you're sticking to a tight budget, you'll score discounted rates on rooms and flights between December and February (Warsaw's winter) thanks to the region's chilly 20- to 30-degree weather. March to May and September through November (the city's spring and fall seasons) are also cost-effective times to visit, with May and September providing relatively comfortable temps in the high 40s to high 60s.
Weather in Warsaw
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
Warsaw's warmest weather comes in June, July and August, meaning locals and tourists alike can check out the Warsaw Uprising Monument and explore areas like Old Town and Krakow Suburb Street without wearing cold weather attire. Plus, summer is packed with events, including free piano concerts in Lazienki Królewskie Museum's park and various cultural festivals. But this peak season also comes with some negatives: Rain showers are prevalent, airfare and hotel prices are high and tourist crowds are thick. To overcome these setbacks, pack an umbrella and book your flights and lodging early.
After August, airfare and room rates begin to plummet, as do average temperatures, which are in the low 30s to low 40s by November. The likelihood of rain also decreases as the season progresses, and you'll encounter fewer tourists at the city's sights. If you're hoping to avoid fall's cooler weather, consider arriving in September, when daytime temps typically sit in the 60s. The city's free outdoor piano concerts are also still offered at this time. Movie buffs, meanwhile, will want to visit in October when Warsaw's popular film festival takes place.
Travelers who don't mind bundling up can save some money by visiting between December and February. Temperatures will likely fall in the 20s or 30s, but visitors can warm up inside Warsaw's museums, which are less crowded in the winter. Plus, hotels and airlines will offer their lowest rates of the year during these months. But remember, snow is possible, so be sure to bring appropriate attire like boots, hats, gloves and winter coats.
Daytime temperatures, airfare and room rates will increase as summer approaches. Though average lows (which hover in the 30s and 40s) will remain chilly, highs commonly sit between the 40s and 60s, meaning travelers can swap winter coats for light jackets during the day. But remember, as spring's weather improves, more visitors will arrive, so attractions and hotels will be their busiest by the end of the season. May also marks the start of Warsaw's outdoor piano concert series.
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