Climate in Poland

Though Poland’s climate is temperate, winters can be wet and cold. Chilling winds whip across the great plain during the late fall and winter months and precipitation is common – expect plenty of rain and some snow.

(Rain gear is recommended year-round.) Summers, on the other hand, are usually mild. Temperatures in July and August average in the high sixties and low seventies Fahrenheit.

Though weather is the principal consideration for most travelers, air and water pollution in Poland’s major cities and much of its southern region is severe enough to be worthy of mention. Pollution-intensive industrial practices combined with the burning of brown coal for heat have tarnished much of Poland’s countryside as well as its skies. Those who are particularly sensitive to airborne particulate matter should take caution, especially during the colder months.

In the Tatra and Sudety mountains, snow is common in the late fall, winter, and early spring. For those inclined toward winter recreation, there is plenty of skiing in the Tatras. Try the region surrounding the town of Zakopane in the southeast, about two hours by train from Krakow.

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