When to visit Gdansk?

Are you planning your trip and wondering when to visit Gdansk? Weather in Gdansk is rather recurrent and there are not a lot of anomalies – except for the feeling it’s getting warmer and warmer every year. But before we write about Gdansk weather, let’s start by checking when is the best time to come to Poland.

Best time to visit Poland

Generally, Poland has a continental climate with very cold winters and warm summers. This, of course, differs depending on what region of Poland you plan to visit, and what you plan to do, but unless you plan to ski somewhere in the Polish mountains, (there are some ski slopes around Gdansk, too), you should visit Poland between April and November. If you want to check typical weather in various cities in Poland, you should visit Weatherspark. If you want to check the weather forecast for the next 2-3 days, the best place to visit is Meteo.pl and choose one of the models: 60-hours or 84-hours. Then you just need to click on the map or choose the city from the list. The Meteograms may look strange at a glance, and you might need to learn how to read them, but this is the most accurate weather forecast site in Poland.

Best time to visit Gdansk

Gdansk is situated by the Baltic Sea which makes the climate a bit milder. During winter it can be above zero and during summer it’s colder than in the south of Poland. Also, windy days are quite common.

Gdansk on a rainy day
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Here are average temperatures in Gdansk:

GdanskJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)-3-3-1371113131062-2
Max (°C)1261016192321171263

Let’s check when to visit Gdansk to take advantages of the weather.

When to visit Gdansk? – Spring

If we consider meteorological seasons, spring lasts 3 months: March, April and May. In March temperatures can be below zero, days are still short and there’s not so much sun. Weather in April is unstable and can alternate between sun and snow. Polish proverb says: “April the weaver – interweaves a little bit of winter with a little bit of summer.”. In May plants and trees start to green and the day becomes longer. Days are warmer and warmer, and sometimes very sunny. Although spring is not the best time to visit Gdansk, especially March and April, late May is the month when the tourist season starts.

When to visit Gdansk? - Spring in Oliwa
When to visit Gdansk – Spring in Oliwa Park

Best time to visit Gdansk – Summer

If you don’t like crowds June is perfect to visit Gdansk. It’s warm, days are the longest and probability of the rain is low. The temperature of the water in the sea is still low so it’s hard to swim but cold-resistant people might give it a try. July and August is a high season. It’s crowded and many hotels are booked in advance. Also, many Polish people choose Gdansk as a holiday destination. In summer it is warm and you can enjoy the sea with the temperature of the water around 18-19°C. Remember that July is the rainiest month of the year, so August seems to be a better choice. Last week of July and two first weeks of August in the city centre St. Dominic’s Fair takes place  – one of the biggest fair in Europe. Many events take place and the streets are very crowded. It might be difficult for sightseeing but you can enjoy the event.

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Gdansk – Brzezno Beach almost empty before high season

When to visit Gdansk? – Autumn

September is a good choice – it’s no longer crowded and the weather is quite good for sightseeing. You can feel that autumn is coming but it’s not so cold yet. It’s the last chance to visit Gdansk because October is when the real autumn starts. There’s always a period with beautiful, colourful forests before the trees shed their leaves but generally it’s raining a lot and everything looks grey and sad. In November days are very short – at 4 pm it’s already dark. Definitely avoid visiting Gdansk in this period. However, if you come during autumn and it will be raining check our recommendation of activities during the bad weatherGdansk on a rainy day.

When to come to Gdansk? – Winter

In winter temperatures can be below zero with a lot of snow, but it’s not a rule. Lately, we don’t have snow in December, but it tends to snow in January and February. If there’s a real winter, Gdansk looks beautiful but it’s cold. It’s difficult to stay outside, so it’s better to visit museums and restaurants. The sports fan may try skiing and ice-skating- check winter in Gdansk.

Winter in Gdansk
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Gdansk – Baltic Bay

Of course, you can never be sure about the weather in Gdansk. Especially lately, the weather is less and less predictable. For example, April and May 2018 it was extremely hot (about 25°C) while in southern Europe it was about 20°C. In May 2017 the snow fell down and temperatures were below zero. So be prepared for everything, bring appropriate clothes and a positive attitude 🙂

Enjoy Gdansk! 

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